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Make 'Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries' The Next 'Veronica Mars'

By Kristy Puchko | Industry | September 18, 2017 |

By Kristy Puchko | Industry | September 18, 2017 |

And by that I mean, jump in on the crowdfunding so this sexy romp of a show about a fierce female detective can get the movie we all deserve.

Before she was scaring us rigid in The Babadook, Australian actress Essie Davis was busting baddies, bedding hunks, and boasting bold fashion in the 1920s Melbourne-set crime drama Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. For three seasons, Phryne Fisher (Davis) won our hearts and riled our lions as the most glamorous and clever detective that high society had ever seen. While the series ran from 2012 to 2015, it began to earn fans in the US by hitting Netflix.

If you’ve not already binged all 34 episodes, get on that immediately. If you have, do it again and relish in Phryne’s flirtations with the by-the-book cop Jack Robinson, her blossoming friendship with doe-eyed Dot Williams, and jawdropping fashion for days.

Since the series ended, there’s been talk of a movie that could well be the start of a trilogy. Now Every Cloud Productions—which produced Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries—has unveiled their Kickstarter, asking fans to help kick-in, and get Phryne on the big screen. If it worked for Veronica Mars, why not this ultra-cool lady detective?

Davis is on board along with co-star Nathan Page, creators/producers Deborah Cox and Finoa Eagger, and director Tony Tilse. Here’s part of their pitch for Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears:

Set in the late 1920’s, Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears honors the heightened exoticisms of the murder mystery genre as the Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher, lady detective, escapes the small screen and takes off on a global adventure - via romantic wayside stops in the Far East, glamorous sojourns in the mansions of London, and a battle to survive the rolling sands of the Arabian Desert long enough to find the missing treasure, solve numerous murders and break all aviation records as she wings her way home again!

Initially, Every Cloud was asking for $250,000, to get the big stunts, extravagant fashion, far flung locations, and talent they need to make Phryne’s big screen debut just right. They offered prizes like fan packages, tote bags, personalized video messages, a piece of Phryne’s wardrobe (GASP!), and—for the right price—an appearance in the movie. But they thought too small.

The fundraiser page made the $250,000 in just two days! And when Every Cloud raised the goal to $300k, that was hit in 12 hours. Now $400k is the goal, which would mean more luxurious costume changes, and the potential for fancier backdrops and international talent. With 27 days to go, things are looking great. But if you want in on the prize packs or the chance to visit the set, go to Kickstarter now. At the very least, look at the adorable video they put together there. Do it for Phryne.

H/T The Nerdy Birdy

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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.