A Veronica Mars film has been in discussions since the show was unceremoniously axed by The CW back in 2007, but lack of interest from Warner Bros. and a lack of funding made the endeavor pretty impossible - until now. Star Kristen Bell, who has tirelessly campaigned to get the project going, along with creator Rob Thomas, have created a Kickstarter page to raise money to produce a film based on cult show.
They're looking to raise $2,000,000 to fund the project, and are offering pretty cool rewards to those who donate various amounts. Just a few as example: $10 gets you a PDF of the shooting script on the days release, $35 gets you a shooting script, a T-shirt, a digital version of the movie when it's released, and periodic updates during the production process, $600 gets you a personalized voicemail from Bell, and $10,000 gets you a speaking role in the film as a waiter. But the best reward remains: We'll finally get a Veronica Mars movie before everyone is so old that it has to be set in a nursing home.
According to Thomas, Warner Bros. still owns the rights to the series, but they're willing to cooperate should this campaign garner enough interest. He writes:
Of course, Warner Bros. still owns Veronica Mars and we would need their blessing and cooperation to pull this off. Kristen and I met with the Warner Bros. brass, and they agreed to allow us to take this shot. They were extremely cool about it, as a matter of fact. Their reaction was, if you can show there’s enough fan interest to warrant a movie, we’re on board. So this is it. This is our shot. I believe it's the only one we've got. It's nerve-wracking. I suppose we could fail in spectacular fashion, but there's also the chance that we completely revolutionize how projects like ours can get made. No Kickstarter project ever has set a goal this high. It's up to you, the fans, now. If the project is successful, our plan is to go into production this summer and the movie will be released in early 2014.
And as for what the plot could include, Thomas writes that much of it depends on how much is raised for the budget:
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. Keep in mind that the more money we raise, the cooler movie we can make. A two million dollar fundraising total probably means cross words are exchanged at the class reunion. Three million? We can afford a full-on brawl. Ten million? 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! I’ve always wanted to direct Bill Murray. We’ll figure out something cool. Hey, if that total goes high enough, I’ll bet the good folks at Warner Bros. will agree a sequel is a good idea.
Additionally, some of the cast - including Bell, Ryan Hansen, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, and Thomas - came together to make a hilarious promotional video for the page, which you can check out above, or at the project's Kickstarter page here.
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