The pie-maker may be heading to Broadway! Bryan Fuller, creator of the cult show, Pushing Daises has revealed, “I’ve had conversations very recently with Barry Sonnenfeld about financing a film, and with Kristin Chenoweth and Warner Brothers about developing a stage musical.”
Pushing Daises starred Lee Pace as Ned, the pie-maker with the ability to bring the dead back to life with just one touch. The only hitch was that after a minute, if he didn’t touch the person a second time, someone else would die, if he did touch them that second time, they would stay dead. He ends up resurrecting his childhood sweetheart, Chuck (played by Anna Friel) and together they join Private Investigator, Emerson Codd (played by Chi McBride) in investigating deaths for reward money. The series was narrated by Jim Dale and also starred Kristen Chenoweth as Olive Snook, a woman who worked at The Pie Hole with Ned and was hopelessly in love with him, Ellen Greene as Vivian and Swoosie Kurtz as Lily, Chuck’s aunts.
The Broadway veteran filled cast would make it ideal for the stage, if the cast was ready and available. In past interviews, Fuller has said “We’re working on something that is definitely a Pushing Daisies revival, and the idea would be to have as many cast as we can to participate in it.”
Pushing Daises aired on ABC from 2007 to 2009, with two seasons and 22 total episodes in the series. During its short run, the show received 17 Emmy nominations, winning seven of them. Last year, Fuller spoke of using Kickstarter to fund a Pushing Daises movie, like Veronica Mars creator, Rob Thomas did, but realized it may be more difficult as Pushing Daises would be more expensive to produce. About a movie Fuller said, “I already started writing a Pushing Daises movie as soon as the show was cancelled.”
Like a lot of fans, I was really upset when Pushing Daises was cancelled, it was fun and different. I think had it not premiered around the same time as the writer’s strike, it may have had a longer run.
So would you like to see Pushing Daises on stage? How about in a movie?