You might want to have a seat for this news: Chris Hansen is attempting to revive “To Catch a Predator” via a Kickstarter campaign.
The crowd-funding launch for “Hansen vs. Predator” kicks off Wednesday at noon ET, according to his preview website, which includes a short video.
Hansen is known for “To Catch a Predator” and the longer-running segment on “Dateline NBC.” In 2008, there was also a “Dateline NBC Catching a Predator.”
Hansen’s fundraising goal will be about $400,000 according to the Los Angeles Times. Incentives will include T-shirts, coffee mugs and even an invitation for a private screening of “Hansen vs. Predator” with the host and his crew. For $150, Hansen will provide an outgoing message for an investor’s voicemail.
“Hansen vs. Predator” will be a web series before it’s (hopefully) sold to a TV outlet, per Hansen.
The former NBC News employee believes that “the best way to do this is shoot the next investigation and show that we have it.” Plus, this way Hansen gains creative control and ownership of the program, which he wouldn’t have if produced through a news organization.
“There is a pent-up demand from viewers for another investigation,” the newsman told the Times. “And from a technology standpoint, the landscape has really changed since we did the last one.”
Watch the video teaser above.