If you haven’t seen Dark Dungeons, which JR Ralls produced, you need to check it out as soon as possible. Ralls primarily funded the film through Kickstarter and now he has another movie on Kickstarter–Citizen George.
Citizen George is about “a director who creates a very popular Space Saga in the 1970’s only to make a very disappointing prequel trilogy 20 years later.” Can’t imagine who it’s about… but he does wear some plaid.
Ralls is one-upping the traditional Kickstarter by asking his backers to decide the tone of Citizen George; it’s either going to be a time travel comedy or a serious drama. Kickstarter backers will make that decision for Ralls and George.
Check out the Kickstarter, read more about it below.
Citizen George – Every Saga Has a Creator
Citizen George will be a full length film about a director who creates a very popular Space Saga in the 1970’s only to make a very disappointing prequel trilogy 20 years later. But whether it will be a time travel comedy or a serious drama is up to you. That’s because when I started working on this project and I had two great ideas of where I wanted it to go.
Citizen George as a Serious Drama
I had this idea I loved where Citizen George would be a straight drama in the vein of Citizen Kane. It would be about the rise and fall of a man who is a hero to many in geekdom and villain to others, just as William Randolph Hearst was to many in an earlier age of media.
Citizen George as a Time Travel Comedy
But at the same time, I also had an idea where Citizen George would be a sci-fi time travel comedy like Bill and Ted or Austin Powers. In that story, The Director would time travel twenty years into the future and 1970’s-Director would make the prequels instead of 1990’s-Director. Unlike future-Director, past-Director has not had decades of being surrounded by “yes-people” but he does have the added difficulty of missing out on twenty years of cultural change. That version would be a lot lighter and more of a wish fulfillment fantasy but at the same time it too would also be a great way to explore how power affects people.
I was trying to decide which of those two versions I most wanted to make when the idea hit me; why not let the backers decide? Kickstarter is all about letting the fans choose what they want to see. So why not take that to the next level? Why not let you decide if Citizen George is going to be a comedy or a drama? So that is exactly what I am going to do.
Again, the Kickstarter.