UPDATE: THE $2 MILLION HAS BEEN RAISED (3/13/13) WITH 30 DAYS STILL TO GO!
The people behind the hit TV show “Veronica Mars” are looking to revive the series in movie, but only if fans help pay for the project.
Fan of the cult comedy, which ran from 2004 to 2007, have been waiting for lead actress Kristen Bell and creator Rob Thomas to reunite on the big screen. However, it seems the project couldn’t get a corporate backing. Instead, Thomas is asking fans to help fund the movie by launching a Kickstarter campaign today. If they raise $2 million in just one month, they will make a “Veronica Mars” film that could be released as early as summer 2014.
“There was a moment, a few years ago, when we thought we had a real shot at making it happen,” Thomas wrote on the campaign page. “I probably stoked fan fervor in my optimistic comments about the prospects. Warner Bros. wasn’t convinced there was enough interest to warrant a major studio-sized movie about Veronica, and the project never got off the ground.”
However, Warner has told Thomas to go head with crowd-funding the project to see if fans are interested in a movie adaption. Thomas gave fans a hint of what they might expect from a movie by releasing a few possible plot lines.
“I developed a pitch that revolved around graduation day at Hearst College — Wallace and Mac were graduating at least, Veronica had been sidetracked by freeing Keith from prison,” Thomas explained. “Plus, there was a murder in Neptune that was affecting the beach city’s spring break business in much the same way a great white shark affected the beach community of Amity [in 'Jaws'].”
Bell said she couldn’t be happier for the possibility of bringing back her beloved “Veronica Mars” character.
“I am currently the happiest blonde in a hamster ball the world has ever seen,” she said. “We have been waiting so long to make this movie dream a movie reality, and it’s because of your commitment, your persistence, that we finally have a chance.”
The “Veronica Mars” Kickstarter page was launched this morning and the movie is already close to being a reality. At the time of writing this, fans have already donated more than $1.5 million. It seems the project will be well underway by the end of the day.