March 13, 2013 at 4:22 pm #271041
This day has been 6 years in the making. A movie version of the series is going to be made this summer. Not a matter of if, but when. This is what started it all:
A long time ago, we used to be friends, but I haven’t thought of you lately at all…
For some, that’s the opening line to a tune by The Dandy Warhols. For others, that’s the beginning to the theme song of a cult classic TV show that has never left their thoughts: Veronica Mars, the sophisticated teen drama/mystery serial starring Kristen Bell (Showtime’s House of Lies) as a strong and spirited new-model Nancy Drew whose adventures explored and exposed the rotten, complex injustice in her seaside town of Neptune, Calif. Ever since The CW canceled the series in 2007 after three seasons (the first two on UPN), can’t-let-go fans have pined for a movie. So have Bell and creator Rob Thomas. “I have never fallen so deeply in love with a character,” Bell tells Entertainment Weekly. “ We all became so close, and the cancellation of the show left a huge hole in my heart. I would have put on Veronica Mars: The Circus to bring it back.”
Now, in a way, she is. In the spring of next year, the Veronica faithful could be watching their beloved heroine (plus her pals Wallace and Mac, bad-boy ex Logan, proud P.I. pops Keith, and more) on the big screen — as long as they kick in a few bucks right now to get things started. Today, Thomas and Bell are launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a low-budget VM movie that would be shot this summer. The goal: $2 million in 30 days. If they reach it, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution has agreed to put the movie into production and pick up the tab for marketing, promotion, and distribution. (The film would be released in the first quarter of 2014 for a limited-time theatrical run, before moving to VOD, iTunes, and other digital platforms.) If they don’t reach the goal: No movie.
Thomas tells Entertainment Weekly in an exclusive joint interview this week (click here to buy the issue) with Bell that the Kickstarter strategy represents the only way a Veronica Mars movie was ever going to get made: Warner Bros. had previously determined that a film with a bigger budget and a conventional marketing plan was too expensive and not viable for the studio. Thomas and Bell are confident that fans of the show will rally to the cause – especially since they’re offering an array of rewards packages for pledges as low as $10 (updates during production and a copy of the script on the day of release) and as high as $10,000 (a part in the movie).
Thomas says he has such high hopes for how much they can raise, “I’m afraid to say it out loud.”
“I’ll say it,” says Bell. “$100 million!” (She’s joking.) (Maybe.)
As of this moment, the Kickstarter campaign has raised, in just 8 hours, 25 minutes, $1,720,324. It could hit its goal by midnight tonight. This is a revolution, folks. And it’s being televised. In a cesspool of TV Superfund toxic waste dump sites like Girls and every reality show not named Joe Schmo, few shows deserve true recognition. This series did, and does.
Here’s the site where you can donate: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/559914737/the-veronica-mars-movie-projectMarch 13, 2013 at 5:04 pm #271043
Made my donation earlier today. VM S1 remains one of my best TV experiences and all-time favorite seasons.March 13, 2013 at 5:11 pm #271044
But will it gross over $100 million at the box office, though? That’s what really matters! If not, then why even bother?!March 13, 2013 at 5:37 pm #271045
Never watched the show, but I donated $25, anyway. Love Kristen Bell, and Rob Thomas did a great job with Party Down, based on the few episodes of it that I saw.
Congrats to the fans, so far.March 13, 2013 at 6:59 pm #271046
8:56PM: Goal achieved. Veronica Mars: The Movie, coming in summer 2014…March 14, 2013 at 3:57 pm #271047
Thrilled about this! I will never forgive that silly ho Dawn Orstroff for cancelling the show for that Farmer Gets a Wife reality show. I am treating this as the combination of a visit/closure. I am going to have to watch the show from the beginning again for preparation for this treat.March 14, 2013 at 6:58 pm #271048
This is really good news. There’s the same hope and expectations of Arrested Development, that “please don’t suck”/fingers crossed feeling. But it’s great that this happened, it was totally unexpected at least for me.
I watched the whole show last year again, it really was one of the great ones.March 14, 2013 at 8:16 pm #271049
I wish Netflix would restore the show to its instant streaming library. I never did finish that final season…