Terriers executive producer Shawn Ryan has revealed that he’s hoping to bring his short-lived series back with a feature length film to wrap the series.
Terriers, the crime-comedy seriable, was canceled after one season by FX in 2010.
I’ve had friends who’ve raised money for indie movies through Kickstarter and I started to think that if you wanted to make a 2 hour movie that capped off that series, how would it cost to make it and would there be a way to raise the money via a combination of Netflix and Kickstarter.
It’s a very nervous time in the TV industry because paradigms are changing but it’s also exciting because in the past the show would have been dead and gone and never to be revived but is there a way to do something.
As for Ryan’s thoughts on why Terriers, which has performed well on Netflix’s streaming platform since its cancellation, might not have found a large enough audience on television, he told AV Club:
This was obviously a show that was cursed with a horrible title that Ted [Griffin, creator] and I have to take responsibility for, that just didn’t attract an audience right from the get-go and has only started to be discovered later, but those people that like it, still a relatively small number in the television universe, are nonetheless incredibly passionate about the show. I just started thinking, at least at this moment in time—they’re really talented, so this won’t be true forever—the main actors of the show are actually all available.
While Ryan mindful of the fact that there’s a lot of hurdles to overcome before a TV movie could come into fruition, he’s nevertheless determind to find ways to continue the Terriers narrative:
I would describe this as an incredible long shot right now, but my love and affinity for that show is so great that I continue to look for ways to expose the show or expand the show. I’m still trying to fight to get a DVD release of the show, which has proven difficult, which is frustrating when you see the kinds of shows that are released on DVD. [Laughs.] And also, we’ll look for ways to maybe continue to tell the story of Terriers. We’ll have to see.”
Ryan is in talks with Terriers creator Ted Griffin and hopes producers Fox 21 will be game for a TV movie if they don’t have to fund the project. We’ll keep you updated on developments, should they arise.