During its run on UPN and later The CW between 2004 and 2007, Veronica Mars never got the attention it deserved. The series, starring Kristen Bell as a snarky teenage detective working with her father in the sleepy, rich, corrupt seaside town of Neptune, CA, was, without question, genius. And though everyone from TV critics to Joss Whedon and Stephen King were singing its praises, VM got the axe after only three seasons.
That was nearly six years ago. Since the show was canceled, there's been talk of a film to wrap up the cliffhanger that ended the final episode, but a lack of interest from the studio, Warner Bros., got in the way of any real planning—until yesterday. Creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell (who has tirelessly campaigned to get a film off the ground for years) put up a Kickstarter page as a last-ditch attempt to raise enough money to fund the film themselves. Warner Bros., they said, was willing to pick up the tab for marketing, promotion, and distribution if they were able to raise a minimum of $2 million within 30 days to produce the project.
Within 12 hours of going live, the Kickstarter page surpassed that $2 million goal, breaking the record for the largest campaign on the site to reach its goal. Historic stuff. The donations are still coming in, too; there's no telling how much the project will raise over the next month. The bottom line: The film is happening. The project is set to begin filming this summer for an early 2014 release date, with Bell and the rest of the cast on board to reprise their roles.
With this news going viral, there's really no better time to check out the series if you haven't yet—or to watch again, of course—especially as all three seasons are currently streaming in full over at TheWB.com.
In case you need further convincing, here are 10 Reasons Why Veronica Mars Is the Best.