Kristen Bell Fans, Rejoice: The ‘Veronica Mars’ Movie Is Finally Happening!
Thanks to Kickstarter, Kristen Bell and the whole ‘Veronica Mars’ team are getting a second chance: They raised enough money to shoot a movie in less than 12 hours!
As any fan of Veronica Mars knows, there has long been a rumor kicking around that the long-dead show was going to come back in some way, shape, or form—whether it was a sequel show with the teenaged sleuth all grown up and working for the FBI or a big screen movie. And now, after years of maybe-maybe not… it’s finally happening!
Series creator Rob Thomas (no, not THAT Rob Thomas) and star Kristen Bell launched a Kickstarter campaign yesterday to raise $2,000,000 to fund the movie—and within TEN HOURS, it had already reached its goal. According to Variety, that’s a Kickstarter record. Wowzers!
They launched the campaign with a hilarious video featuring Kristen, Rob, and VM cast members Ryan Hansen (Dick Casablancas), Jason Dohring (Logan Echolls), and Enrico Colantoni (Keith Mars), which I’m going to embed for you here, because it’s just that good:
This whole kind of makes me wonder what sorts of doors might now open for other long dead television shows with enthusiastic fan followings. If Firefly, for example, hadn’t already made its movie comeback with Serenity (which, especially back in 2005, was nothing short of a miracle), I would say that it would be a major contender for a Kickstarter continuation. Same goes for Arrested Development, had Netflix not already snapped it up. Anyone know what’s going on with that 24 movie that we’ve been hearing about forever? Someone might want to call Kiefer Sutherland, just in case he’s interested.
Of course, a lot of this stuff depends on intellectual property laws. In the case of Veronica Mars, Warner Bros. still owns the show, so in order to do a movie, the studio would have to give its blessing. So Rob and Kristen met with the execs at Warner Bros., and they were, as Rob writes, “extremely cool about it…. Their reaction was, if you can show there’s enough fan interest to warrant a movie, we’re on board.” I think we can safely say that they’ve got the studio pretty well convinced.
What can we expect from the movie’s plot? According to Rob:
“Life has taken Veronica away from Neptune. In the years since spoiling Keith’s chances to be reelected sheriff, Veronica hasn’t taken a case. But something big is about to bring her back home and back to her calling. My goal is to include as many of your favorite characters as possible. It is, after all, time for Veronica’s 10-year high school reunion.”
Iiiiiiiinteresting. He also writes to keep in mind that the more money they raise, the cooler the movie they can make. For two million—their initial goal—there will probably be an exchange of cross words at the class reunion. For three million, they can probably manage a full-on brawl. For ten million? Says Rob, “Who knows… For some reason the Neptune High class reunion takes place on a nuclear submarine! A Hobbit shows up! There’s a Bollywood end-credit dance number!”
As of this writing, the campaign has hit over $2,500,000, and there are still 29 days left for it to continue to raise funds. Want to donate? There are loads of awesome perks if you do, from copies of the shooting script to a personalized video message recorded just for you by a member of the cast. The movie is expected to shoot this summer, with an early 2014 release date.
So go ahead. Make Veronica’s day!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.