Kickstarter Update #43

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Kickstarter Update #43

Post by Cait » Thu Jul 23, 2020 9:56 am

No big news yet, but there is still hope.

Update post: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/18 ... ts/2901724
Re: Swat-Kats Revolution Update
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July 23, 2020

It has been a long time coming to provide an update on Swat-Kats Revolution, we sincerely apologize. I hope this update will bring you comfort that the efforts to bring back SK is very much alive and we are actively pushing to make it happen.

Swat-Kats is a very personal project for us, that why we care so much about it. It's the first property that we created that got into production, and we own a set of rights that allows us to produce new content, such as the new TV series. For us the challenge is not IF a new series will be produced, but WHEN will it be done.

Producing quality broadcast television is an extremely difficult endeavor. We know because we have done it many times. But today probably even more so, since the need for content is so important that broadcasters or any streaming platforms in the world are flooded with producers, production companies, distributors, rights owners, etc. from all over the world to make it into production. And that overflow and cluttered of second-tier quality television series (for the most part) doesn't make it easy. There is also the business end of it; some studios or larger groups have output deals with broadcasters/streamers, that limit the opportunity for smaller producers to get their series into the pipeline because there are still limits to the number of new shows broadcasters or streamers can greenlight. Also, one of the biggest hurdles is the ability to fund a television show as several millions of dollars are necessary for financing a tv series. Furthermore, the business deal needs to make sense with the parties involved, and these can get complicated.

With all the above said, I can relate to producers getting their award, Emmy, Oscar, etc, and telling everyone how their project took 5 years, 10 years, 15 years or more to realization. I think the producers of the Bohemian Rapsody movie took them 10 years to make it happen, and it was Queen, one of the biggest rock bands in history!

We are approaching SK Revolution with a very business-minded strategy: Get the right partners on board, launch a new television series and build a franchise based on the rights that we own. We are convinced we can do something along the line of Deadpool, or Iron Man. But in order to do this, we need to have everything properly in place, and that takes time. We surely hope we could have made it happen sooner.

So, yes, the last few years have been frustrating for us, and we understand for you as well, in regards to SK, not everyone is enthusiastic about it as we are, we can understand that. Some oversea potential partners/investors even told us SK is too old a brand, too risky they said!!

So we encountered roadblocks after roadblocks: Hulu passed, Netflix passed, Warner Bros passed. Amazon was not really the place for it and changed its animated content approach. A fairly important movie producer wanted to bring Swat-Kats to Netflix, where he has an output deal, but ultimately, the deal did not make sense for us. I can't count the number of potential business investors we met, trips we did, meetings we held. There have been many opportunities we believed were very promising (with some very important mini Major studios, among others), and we hold on to those opportunities to bring some good news, only to fall apart. Some additional difficulties were unexpected, such as the movie CATS! (Anthropomorphic cats), and a major box office disaster, ridiculed by everyone, let's just say that we had to let the dust clear on this one before we could even approach anyone in the industry, so they could not make any types of similarities between the two properties...this is a Hollywood mindset; when something bombs at the box office it becomes radioactive. If the movie would have been a big success, Hollywood would have put any anthropomorphic movies or tv series into production...SK would have been on the frontline.

I'm not bringing any of this as any kind of excuse, but I wanted to explain the complexities of the entertainment industry, I hope this help to understand a bit more.

Nonethelsess, we have made positive moves forward. Even if the streamers passed, we can always come back, executives change all the time, and one of them may remember SK, be a fan, and may want to be part of bringing it back. We have created a Five-Part mini-series, as a potential strategy to launch the series, along with a movie treatment including visual development (that I would like to share in the future) as the ongoing discussions are underway. We are currently working with some power hitters in Hollywood that would bring a lot of weight to SK, and negotiating business deals that can be very beneficial as well. We are pushing with HBO Max, as I believe it would be the perfect project for them since they are part of Warner Bros. Before the Covid19, Cartoon Network was tracking SK, so that is a possibility as well.

We are more motivated than ever before. We have seen and encountered roadblocks in the past but we are resilient. It's not the 100's of NO that count, its the one Yes that allows everything to fall into place. We will make SK happen, no matter how hard or how long it takes.

We sincerely appreciate the support.

Kind regards,

Christian
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Re: Kickstarter Update #43

Post by Kooshmeister » Thu Jul 23, 2020 10:12 am

Interesting. I think a movie as opposed to a series would be a challenge better suited to them.
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Re: Kickstarter Update #43

Post by Felony » Thu Jul 23, 2020 10:28 am

Hooray! Another new update finally. XD This is a bit of good news and bad news though.

Seems the studios they sought out rejected the SWAT Kats. Hulu, Netflix, Warner Bros all said no. There is someone in Netflix they seem hopeful of who is on board with the idea but unable to get it greenlit. They say Amazon isn’t the right fit with what they were wanting. Honestly some of the low quality animated stuff Amazon charges people on their Prime video service… eesh. They have a bit of a bad rep of anyway. They're going for HBO Max which is probably the best bet for now as it's a mix of old and new series and movies. SWAT Kats will be both! An old brand with new content!

A reason they apparently cooled off on pitching was because of the CATS! movie. I do see where they are coming from here. Yes, SWAT Kats and the musical CATS! are as two different things as apples and oranges. However there are people who would say that because CATS! was an office box failure, despite the reasons WHY it was, would just assume anything cat related would therefore be a flop. It’s stupid but we see this all the time when it comes to cartoon series featuring anthropomorphic animals. The whole negative stigma with furries has put a halt to anthro series in the animated genre for awhile. Companies are more interested in making money than giving quality entertainment so a stupid association like that is likely to happen when people in charge don’t know anything of the two cat related properties.

They have at least been at work still on producing something. Apparently they have “created a Five-Part mini-series” as well as a “movie treatment including visual development”. I wish they would have expanded more about those, especially the mini-series. Is it fully animated or is it written, storyboarded and near completion to be fully animated? The movie treatment is at the beginning stages as it's a treatment. Christian did say that he would like to show us what was done with that. I hope we get to see some of the mini-series as well.

While this update answers some questions and confirms that yes, they are still trying to get SWAT Kats greenlit, it brings forth many new questions. Let’s hope they don’t take another couple of years to update us again.
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Re: Kickstarter Update #43

Post by Kooshmeister » Thu Jul 23, 2020 2:07 pm

If anything does come of it I'll be the first of the doomsayers to admit I was wrong. I just hope everyone understands I've always wanted them to succeed. I'd just always been bugged by what I saw as a lack of transparency and a little too much foot-dragging. That's all.
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Re: Kickstarter Update #43

Post by MoDaD » Thu Jul 23, 2020 5:48 pm

Kooshmeister wrote:
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I just hope everyone understands I've always wanted them to succeed.
You don't have to worry about that. I don't think anyone here wants it to fail - though people are reasonably concerned that it has failed. I asked the Tremblays over the weekend (in rather long-winded fashion) to please post this update this week. While it isn't everything I and others have asked for, it is nice that they have publicly shared who they've tried to work with and have provided an updated time estimate. They don't like to post bad news or things that are redundant (e.g. "still no progress") but a long period of silence can be just as bad if not worse.
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Re: Kickstarter Update #43

Post by Kooshmeister » Fri Jul 24, 2020 12:04 pm

I understand completely. I've never honestly thought, as some did, that they took us for a ride. If I ever did say that it was simply in irritation and frustration and impatience. At worst, I only ever really feared they were in over their heads or that nobody they approached would be interested, and that their (from my perspective) kinda old-fashioned approach to selling the show was a hindrance and that, as noted, I felt a distinct lack of transparency. As it is, I genuinely do hope something comes of this decision they've made. At this point, I'll take just about anything, be it animated or in comic form.
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