On Wednesday, a crowdfunding campaign was launched by Firefly stars Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk for their new web series entitled Con Man. The actors/producers set a goal of $425,000 to produce at least three episodes, and fans have responded in record-breaking ways. In just under two days, Con Man has received more than $1.6 million, which ensures that at least 11 episodes will be produced. The campaign passed the $1 million mark in less than 24 hours, and has set records for both the highest-funded web series within 24 hours, and the highest-funded web series of all time.
If the series reaches its ultimate goal of $1.75 million, two more episodes will be produced, bringing Season 1 to 13 episodes, one of which will be a complete episode of the sci-fi "show-within-a-show" entitled Spectrum. Con Man centers on Wray Nerely (Alan Tudyk), the pilot on the Spectrum sci-fi series that was beloved by fans but cancelled way before its time, leading to the show picking up a cult following. While Wray still struggles to find his big break, his co-star Jack Moore (Nathan Fillion) went on to become a major celebrity.
The show follows Wray as he visits sci-fi conventions and comic book stores, exploring the bizarre happenings at these events as Wray learns to love and embrace his fans. Of course, Con Man essentially mirrors the plight of both Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk themselves. After starring in the beloved but short-lived Firefly, Nathan Fillion became a household name on ABC's Castle, which is currently in its seventh season, while Alan Tudyk has had a less prolific career in both film and TV.
Con Man already has a number of confirmed guest stars such as Sean Maher, Gina Torres, James Gunn, Seth Green, Felicia Day, and Amy Acker. Alan Tudyk is writing, directing and starring in the series, while Nathan Fillion will produce and co-star. PJ Haarsma is also producing the series, which will premiere on Vimeo sometime this summer. There are still 28 days left to contribute to Con Man, which you can do so at IndieGogo.com/Projects/Con-Man.