Joel Hodgson Announces Netflix Deal For Mystery Science Theater 3000 Revival
After hinting at a “big news” announcement on Saturday, Minneapolis resident Joel Hodgson revealed Netflix had acquired the new season of his cult-classic show Mystery Science Theater 3000 for exclusive streaming rights.
News of the agreement landed minutes before the start of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 panel at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego.
The revival of the movie-mocking show—which debuted on an independent station in the Twin Cities area—was made possible through a record-setting $5.7 million Kickstarter and $600,000 from online merchandise sales. The money will be used to produce 14 new episodes, although an official premiere date (or list of films the show plans to riff over) has not been made available.
Hodgson said the show, which was canceled in 1999, could return sometime between late 2016 and early 2017.
Netflix announced earlier this year that it would spend $5 billion on original programing over the course of 2016. The streaming service did not, however, reveal how much it paid for the rights to the Mystery Science Theater 3000 revival.