When the Corner Gas television series went off the airwaves five years ago, it had already left a significant mark on Canadian pop culture. The proudly-Saskatchewan franchise was the most watched "Made in Canada" television show in history, not to mention the most profitable and one of the most successful outside of these borders.
So why, now that a movie version of the supremely successful franchise is officially coming, are they begging poor, seeking money from taxpayers and fans alike?
In a press release announcing the movie earlier this week, executive producer Virginia Thompson said the "movie is a gift to Canadians from the producers and stars of Corner Gas."
Yet it is the producers that are asking for gifts – in the form of Kickstarter donations.
Kickstarter has proven to be a spectacular way for much-loved but little-watched franchises to monetize their cult following. See Veronica Mars as the best, most recent example.
But Corner Gas is not that. It is a successful,Read More »from Why does ‘Corner Gas: The Movie’ need massive taxpayer funding and public donations?