In the PC world everything dies, but then some day comes back. I remember a lot of the press surrounding BG1/2 around the time of release was that the RPG genre was dead but had been brought back to life in a spectacular renaissance. (You may also remember something similar in the NWN trailer on the BG2 disc. Whatever happened to being able to import BG2 characters into NWN, or NWN being good for that matter?)
And then everyone thought RPGs were dead in the wake of BG2, especially the single player kind. Then we had Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Oblivion etc
Everytime they die, they come back in a slightly altered form. You often see people complaining about countless FPS clones, but sometimes I find myself wanting clones. More games trying to imitate BG wouldn't be a bad thing.
As for the kickstarter discussion above, my only concern is the money from the fans. There are some people who have given $10,000 or more individually to W2 kickstarter (in itself an issue). While that might be great from some perspectives, it raises a number of problems. One of those is conflict of interest, what if I donate $10,000 only to find I don't like the direction the game is going in? What if there are 100 people who have donated $100 who want the game to go in a different direction to the one 10k person? etc. (Incidentally I am aware Mr Fargo has set his mission statement out very clearly.)
By helping to kickstart, in a way you're acquiring a sort of beneficial or equitable interest, which you may feel gives you certain rights, which creates inconsistencies.
That said developers may have the same conflict of interest issue with publishers, the game is for the people who play it, nor for the publisher, but it's the publisher who wants and has given you the dineros to make it.
I remember reading once, that an author should only write for themselves. It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks, or wants, what matters is whether you like the work that you have produced. Often if you like it, others will too. For an example of the opposite theory (doing what fans want) failing, see Elemental WoM.
I think the situation is slightly different if we have a BG remake, because we're not seeing the implementation of a new idea, but the revision and upgrade of an existing one.