American animator Aaron Mcgruder is working on a movie spin-off of his cult cartoon The Boondocks - and he's hoping to raise the funds from fans online.
MCGruder has been planning a live action version of the comedy centred around self-hating handyman Uncle Ruckus, voiced by Weeds actor Gary Anthony Williams, but instead of shopping the project to film executives at Sony Studios, which produces The Boondocks, the creator is turning to devotees to help him reach his target of $200,000 (£125,000).
A message posted on the Kickstarter.com crowd funding site on Wednesday (30Jan13) reads: "There’s always been interest in a live-action Boondocks movie, which to me was out of the question considering Huey and Riley are essentially impossible to cast. The animated feature would cost around 20 million (dollars), but a live action Uncle Ruckus movie could cost a fraction of that.
"So just for the hell of it we had the costume made and it was pretty amazing. To see Gary actually transform into Uncle Ruckus... It’s quite the surreal experience. I never expected the transition to be so completely seamless."
In exchange for donations, fans have been offered merchandise from the show, including T-shirts, Dvds, posters and photos.
As Wenn went to press, the film had already won the support of 319 investors, raising more than $11,300 (£7,063). The campaign ends on 1 March (13).
The BBC drama starring Aidan Turner returns to BBC One on September 4th.