Chuck star Zachary Levi got all excited on Twitter when the Veronica Mars movie met its $2 million goal on Kickstarter (It has now earned $3.3 million) and got the green light.
Yep, you’re reading that hashtag correctly: a Chuck movie. Being the slightly obsessed fans that we are, EW reached out to Levi to see just how much we should expect a cinematic version of the nerd-tastic comedy, which played for five seasons on NBC before bidding adieu.
The short answer? There’s nothing officially in the works just yet — but that’s not for lack of enthusiasm. “We are entering into the wild west of entertainment where essentially everybody can do what only studios could do for the last 70 years,” says an energized Levi.
The actor admires the sentiment behind the Veronica Mars Kickstarter, and he dismisses any of the backlash against it as “dumb” and “ignorant.” “[Kristen Bell and Rob Thomas] loved what they did with the show, and they love the connection that the fans have with it, and, to me, that’s the best thing you can have,” he says. “That’s how I felt about Chuck. I love the family that we had making that show, and I love the impact and connection that we had with our fans, and that’s why I’ve always wanted to continue that journey.”
Levi has tried to get a Chuck movie off the ground before. “I went to both [executive producer] Chris Fedak and [Warner Bros. Television president] Peter Roth at the very end of the fifth season and said, ‘Hey what if we made an online movie and just sold it directly to fans? We could keep this going. It could be fun.’”
Obviously, the project didn’t happen, but Levi says, “Even though that was only a few years ago, we’re obviously at a different time.”
While there are no firm plans for a Chuck film right now, Levi feels hopeful. “All I can say at this point is that because Veronica Mars, like Chuck, is a Warner Bros. [production], and because Warner Bros. has now opened that gate, I feel confident in being able to get the same results for a Chuck movie,” he says, adding that he could imagine them using avenues other than Kickstarterfor fund-raising. “If Warner Bros. is game, I’ve got great ideas for what the movie would be that I’m very excited about.”
Really, for Levi, it all comes down to the fans. “It really is just a matter of having faith in audiences and working kind of symbiotically with them,” he says. “That’s the biggest thing I’ve tried to do since day 1 in my career with Chuck and The Nerd Machine and everything else. I just want people to know that we care and that they matter. I want to make content that they like, and if that means a Chuck movie, then great.”
Over the years, Levi and his cast members have talked about what a Chuck movie might look like. “I talked to Yvonne [Strahovski] maybe a month ago and said, ‘If I can get this movie made, would you be open to doing [it]? Even an online version of it?’ And she was totally game. So I know that I’ve got the cast and crew on board.”
Convincing a studio to make a movie is a whole other matter, but Levi feels encouraged by the bold step by both Warner Bros. and Thomas/Bell. “Field of Dreams it,” says Levi. “If you build it, they will come. You’ve got to believe that if you have something good, people will believe in it.”
But even with that said, Levi knows he’s at the mercy of the fans. Thus, his current mindset is focused on them. “Don’t be a douche-y celebrity,” he says. “Appreciate the fact that you only have a career because they care to watch the things that you do.”
And if you ask us, we’re betting a whole lot of people care about getting more Chuck. Would you chip in to see a Chuck movie?