‘Corner Gas: The Movie’ is coming to a theatre near you

Have you been running on fumes since the end of Corner Gas?

It might be time to fill up sooner than you think as Prairie Pants Distribution confirmed yesterday in an official statement that the Kickstarter campaign for Corner Gas reached its initial $100,000 goal in just 24 hours.

Writer Rob Thomas celebrated a similar milestone when his 2013 campaign for Veronica Mars reached its $2 million goal in less than a day. A crowd-funding trend was born, and soon Zach Braff followed suit to successfully fund his post-Garden State picture, Wish I Was Here. Director Vincent Regan took to the fundraising site so he could produce his Macbeth adaptation, Enemy of Man, starring Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint, and Game of Thrones stars Sean Bean and Charles Dance.

Corner Gas star Brent Butt showed his gratitude on May 22 by uploading a Kickstarter milestone video, where he shares a well-kept show secret: “Eric Peterson, who plays my dad on the show, is actually a 14-year-old Hawaiian girl,” Brent joked.

Like any good Kickstarter campaign, funding comes with perks, like $6000 for an on-camera speaking role, $2500 for a background role, $1500 for a VIP set visit and opportunity to meet the cast, and $750 for the opportunity to provide first and last names of characters in the film, or to receive a personalized voice message from Brent. The Corner Gas Kickstarter page will continue to take pledges and give out rewards until its 30-day campaign ends on June 18.

Corner Gas: The Movie will begin production in Saskatchewan on June 23. No official date has been set for its theatrical release.

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