Mystery Science Theater 3000 Wants To Build The Gizmoplex

Mystery Science Theater 3000 wants to come back and they will with your help. Nearly five years ago the legendary series was revived with the help of fans and found a new home on Netflix. Sadly after two seasons, Netflix decided they had enough episodes streaming. But you can’t keep the Satellite of Love out of orbit too long. The show went live with a tour that played across North America bring talking in the movies to legit theaters. Now Mystery Science Theater wants to go even bigger by not merely making more episodes, but building the Gizmoplex. This would be a website that would bring MST3K fans together as streaming site and clubhouse. Here’s the press release from Shout! Factory and Mystery Science Theater 3000:



Joel Hodgson, Creator of Mystery Science Theater 3000,      Announces Kickstarter to #MakeMoreMST3K, #BuildTheGizmoplex, and Distribute The Show’s Next Season Directly to Fans

For more than 30 years, the award-winning comedy television series Mystery Science Theater 3000has been known as one of the best cult TV shows in history. The story of human hosts and their robot sidekicks trapped aboard a satellite and forced to watch cheesy movies by their captors, MST3Khas maintained its reputation thanks largely to its devoted fan base, known as MSTies. In 2017 the show returned after an 18-year hiatus thanks to a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign, enjoying two critically acclaimed seasons on Netflix, as well as a sold-out series of live national tours. However, there isn’t currently a home for new MST3Kepisodes, something that series creator Joel Hodgson is hoping to change with today’s launch of this Kickstarter campaign.


“A year in quarantine gave us a lot of time to think, and we realized two important things. First, nobody’s virtual Zoom background is as amusing as they think it is. And second, that Mystery Science Theater 3000 is back because it’s what the fans wanted. So, you know, it doesn’t make sense for a network to decide the show’s fate after each season. That should be up to the people we’re making the show for. We want our fans to decide how long we keep going, and how many new episodes we make each year.”

Through Kickstarter, Hodgson has an initial goal of $2 million, which will fund three new episodes, as well as the development of “The Gizmoplex,” a new “online theater” where Hodgson and his team can host live episode premieres, real-time watch parties and special live events year-round. 
After the initial goal is met, fan interest will determine how much farther the next season goes. At $3.3 million, the next season will expand to six new episodes, and the release of new apps that let fans visit the Gizmoplex using mobile and OTT devices. At $4.4 million, the season will grow to nine episodes, and at $5.5 million, a full season of 12 new feature-length episodes. If the top goal is reached, the team will also be able to riff 12 new short films, a favorite tradition amongst long-time MST3K fans.
If Mystery Science Theater 3000succeeds in adopting a direct-to-fan distribution model, it will also allow Hodgson to honor one of the most common requests he hears from fans: releasing each new episode directly to fans as it is finished, rather than holding them until the entire season is complete. “Back in the day, each new episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000was kind of an event to look forward to, and you could discover it with your family or friends,” Hodgson notes. “So, we’re pretty excited by the idea that each new episode can become this kind of ‘communal event’ again. Also, we’ve got a lot of fun ideas to make our virtual theater, The Gizmoplex, feel different from any other place you can watch MST3Konline.”

With a fresh batch of cheesy movies to riff, Hodgson will be involved in all facets of the production of the new episodes. While a cast has not yet been announced, Hodgson confirms that all major cast members from Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Returnand Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Gauntletwill be involved in the new episodes.
To contribute to the campaign and for additional information, visit MakeMoreMST3K.com, and follow MST3K on Facebook (facebook.com/MST3K), Twitter (@MST3K) and Instagram (@MST3K).

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