THR has announced that William Shatner has recently said that his animated web series The Zenoids will make it to TV or film. Shatner will produce the animated series and will launch it on his social website myouterspace.com. He is hoping the initial four episode run will spawn a TV series or film. Shatner is also going to use the social community/fans to get scripts and music made for The Zenoids, pretty cool huh! I personally am a huge fan of several web series and I also think this might be the future, putting TV to the back burner!
Shatner had this to say;
“We will take the 12.5 million people who have approached myouterspace.com so far and get them involved in the making of a series, whether by voting which way the plot goes, or the music, and we will get public approval for the project. And we think that ensures us an audience for a sci-fi TV series, or a movie."
Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino (Up) has signed up to help judge te music submitted by fans for The Zenoids, including the opening sequence, and will score the online series. Sci-fi novelist Alan Dean Foster will be writing the feature script for The Zenoids.
“The webisodes provide the stock for the soup of the film that Alan Dean Foster will write,” Shatner added.
Who's going to voice some characters in The Zenoids you ask? How about Amanda Tapping (SG-1, Santuary) plus she'll executive produce plus she's already familiar with the online series to TV success with Sanctuary.
Tapping committed on the state of the web series from then to now sayiing;
“We went into the project quite naively believing we could live and thrive on the Internet, and not go to TV, not that that was a bad thing as we were speaking to our fan base that live on the Internet. The problem was monetizing the webisodes. They were an abysmal financial failure,” Tapping commenting on the failure of the Sancuary web series.
Times change and web series can have a better opportunity to be financial successful;
“The pump is better primed for a web series to make a splash. In four years, things have dramatically changed,” Tapping said and Shatner adds. “We’re seeking ways to encourage people to join in our social network and be a part of our community. And when you do that, you get ad revenue, as well as making shows that would be saleable to networks and cable companies.”
So who's stoked about this animated web series? I'm looking forward to it and watching them ry and take it to TV or a feature film! Plus all of us can be a part of it!