Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy are looking to do a live riffing of Roland Emmerich’s 1998 mega stinker, “Godzilla,” which starred Matthew Broderick. According to a May 12 post on the RiffTrax website, that can happen, but they need help from their fans.
Last year, the gang was able to bring “Starship Troopers” to theaters nationwide for a live riffing because of contributions their fans made on Kickstarter. This year, they’re looking to do the same with “Godzilla.”
As fans recall, the Kickstarter last year – which was the first one for the group – was originally meant to be for “Twilight.” But, due to not being able to secure the rights to spoof “Twilight” live, they ended up going with “Starship Troopers.” But a Facebook comment from RiffTrax said that they “learned a lot” from that project.
“We promise this one will go much more smoothly,” they added.
This time, the gang says they know that they will be able to obtain the rights for “Godzilla,” which, surprisingly, costs more than those for “Starship Troopers.” But it is “totally worth it” if they are able to make it happen, and that is why they are looking to the fans to help them again.
Aug. 14 is the date they have reserved for the event, and at the time of this posting, the Kickstarter has already received more than $51,000. They need $100,000 by June 11.
Those who pledge a certain amount will receive prizes courtesy of the guys at RiffTrax. This includes a collection of short films, a “Godzilla” RiffTrax MP3, and a lot more. Plus, they are offering VIP packages, which include meeting all three men in Nashville, Tenn. or Minneapolis, Minn.; front row seats to the live show; your picture in the credits; and the opportunity to write one riff, which they will use during the presentation of “Godzilla.”
RiffTrax will also be spoofing “Sharknado” live in theaters on July 10 and July 15. Tickets for that event are on sale now, and can be purchased here.