Nicholas Brendon, best known as “Xander” in Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, has joined Travis Richey and the folks over at Siv-Art Productions in the latest iteration of Untitled Web Series About a Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time, a feature film.
The original series came about when Richey, who not only produces the series but co-writes and stars in it, was cast as the character “Inspector Spacetime” in the third season of Community in a parody of Doctor Who. The Internet response was immediate, and Richey – knowing how big supplemental content was becoming, as well as web content – talked over the idea of doing a web series based on the character. Alas, NBC wasn’t interested in the series, and to avoid any chances of copyright infringement, Richey went ahead and created the series as it is known now.
The series was included on USA Today‘s list of “Best of TV on the Web in 2012”, and Richey talked with SciFi4Me in the Geek Out podcast in September 2013 about the second season and the origins of the series.
Richey had worked with Brendon on Richey’s web series “Robot, Ninja & Gay Guy”, and knew he would be a great addition. “When our season 2 script needed to be expanded into a feature-length story, we added several cameo roles,” Richey says. “I immediately thought of Nicholas and was able to talk to him about it at Comic Con.”
Brendon joins an increasingly excellent (and science fiction-based) cast. In July of 2013, Richey announced the addition of Star Trek alumni Chase Masterson and Robert Picardo to the second season of the web series, as well as The Big Bang Theory‘s Mayim Bialik cast as the voice of B.O.O.T.H. (the ‘homage’ to the TARDIS).
At Gallifrey One this past February, Richey announced the addition of Sylvester McCoy (Doctor Who, The Hobbit trilogy) to the cast. With the star quality growing, the announcement included the news that instead of a second season, there now will be a feature film titled The Inspector Chronicles: Untitled Motion Picture About a Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time.
“It’s difficult to ask for donors for a web series,” Richey says as to the decision to do a movie rather than a second season. “Even today, it’s easier to get investors for a feature film. They have a stake in any money the movie makes, as long as there are certain elements that make it appealing. Usually that means name talent.”
Richey had turned to Kickstarter to fund a prequel to the second season, which Picardo makes a brief appearance and can be seen online. (Full disclosure: I was one of the backers of this Kickstarter campaign, contributing $50 to the overall total of $12,194, the initial goal being $10,000.) An IndieGoGo campaign was done in February to help fund the feature film, and raised $36,993, with an initial goal of $25,000. The total estimated budget for the feature film is $250,000. Richey isn’t sure when the film will be released. “It’s impossible to nail down as long as we’re still securing funding,” he says. “Even after we get our budget in place, we still have scheduling of actors, locations, and the rest of pre-production.” He hopes to have footage to show at next year’s Gallifrey One.
For more information on Untitled, visit TheInspector.TV.