Joel Hodgson drops hints about a possible ‘MST3K’ reboot
Joel Hodgson, creator and original host of Mystery Science Theater 3000, has revealed a few new hints about a possible MST3K reboot. And from what he said, it seems like a reboot is definitely on the way, complete with the original bots.
Hodgson first hinted at a possible reboot for the show back in April, according to Comicbook.com. During a recent Reddit AMA conducted by the show’s creator, fans got the chance to ask him about it directly.
“We’re working on it. I’ll tell ya later,” Hodgson said when asked if he could pass on any details. And it does sound like a reboot rather than a continuation, as Hodgson referred to it specifically as “the reboot.”
When asked about whether or not Crow and Tom Servo would also be returning, Hodgson confirmed the plan was for both bots to return.
“I think, for the reboot, obviously people would really want to see the original robots back,” Hodgson said. “So I intend to do that. But hopefully we’ll bring some new ones too.”
Based on earlier hints from Hodgson, the reboot would feature a new host and appear online. The recent Turkey Day Marathon 2014 seems like a good, potential model; on Thanksgiving the show aired six consecutive episodes of the series, intercut with new host segments featuring Hodgson and several guest stars.
The real question is who exactly will be involved with the show beyond Hodgson.
Following the cancellation of MST3K, the writers and stars essentially split into two camps. Hodgson reunited with Trace Beaulieu (who played Dr. Forrester and was the original voice of Crow), Frank Conniff (TV’s Frank), Mary Jo Pehl (who played Pearl Forrester), and J. Elvis Weinstein (the original voice of Tom Servo). The group formed Cinematic Titantic, and focused on riffing fairly obscure films.
The other group consists of MST3K head writer and host Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy (the voice of Tom Servo), and Bill Corbett (writer and the later voice of Crow), who formed Rifftrax. Where Cinema Titanic focused on movies most people haven’t heard of, Rifftax releases audio companions for popular films, including the Twilight Series and The Matrix, along with the odd, B-movie like The Room. The Rifftrax group also does several live shows.
Hodgson, Nelson, and everyone else involved with both groups have repeatedly stated that there is no rivalry between the two. Hodgson has even claimed he wouldn’t rule out appearing with Rifftrax, at least in theory. Legalities may present a bigger issue though.
In 2013, Hodgson announced that Cinematic Titanic was entering an indefinite hiatus. The group went on a final tour, and seemingly split up – possibly to dedicate more time on the possible MST3K reboot. Rifftrax, on the other hand, is still going strong, but it is owned by Legend3D. Even if Nelson and his cohorts want to rejoin the mothership, there may be contractual issues.
At the moment this is all still in the early and unconfirmed stages, but there are a lot of reasons for fans to be excited.