Only $141,513 of OZombie's requested $950,000 funding goal had been reached when McGee pulled the plug.
Things were looking bad for fans of American "Yes, that's my actual name" McGee's OZombie Kickstarter when he announced he was having licensing issues with its proposed bonus Alice film. It now seems that this issue, combined with a general lack of interest (Only $141,513 of OZombie's requested $950,000 funding goal has been reached) has caused McGee to pull the plug on the whole project.
"The Oz campaign has to end. There are two realities driving the decision," wrote McGee on the game's Kickstarter website. "First, we're facing a challenge with the Alice film rights ... Second, we wouldn't consider shutting down the Oz campaign if it were trending towards success. As it is, we've reached 15% of our goal with 20 days left in the campaign."
"For Oz, we can always launch another campaign in the future. On the other hand, the Alice film rights are only within reach during a rapidly closing window of opportunity. We'll sacrifice Oz today in order to have a real chance with Alice."
McGee says that projections predicted the Kickstarter would have only reached 30% of its funding goal by the end of its funding period. He says the team considered an IndieGoGo campaign in addition to the Kickstarter, but didn't want to be accused of "creating confusion."
He sincerely appreciate all of the support and feedback fans have provided. McGee did not offer any information about when or if backers will be able to request refunds.
McGee had previously said that "Publishers are'nt the spawn of Satan" in a blog post addressing some Kickstarter projects seeking alternate sources of income.