'Veronica Mars' movie Kickstarter hurtles toward $2 million goal
For everyone who ever wanted to see a Veronica Mars movie, now’s your chance: Executive producer Rob Thomas has ginned up a Kickstarter page for the project, and it looks like it will meet its goal in record time. Joss Whedon should try this with Firefly, except he should crowdsource an entire series.
In a lengthy post, Thomas explains his Kristen Bell vehicle about a mystery-solving teen from Neptune, Calif., deserves to return. “I’ve always wanted to make a Veronica Mars movie. I love writing these characters and working with these actors. Kristen Bell has always wanted to make the movie.” 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.”
Thomas says he plans to make the film about Veronica’s 10-year high-school reunion, which is a decent time-frame for the show, which was canceled by the CW after three seasons. He says he finally caved on the idea of a Kickstarter campaign when he realized he could conceivably make the movie for $2 million, so the page went live on Wednesday. By 5 p.m. Eastern, the campaign had more than 21,000 backers for a total of more than $1.4 million, so it seems like they’ll be making that goal in quite a bit less than 30 days.
“You have banded together like the sassy little honey badgers you are and made this possibility happen,” Bell wrote on the page. “i promise if we hit our goal, we will make the sleuthiest, snarkiest, it’s-all-fun-and-games-‘til-one-of-you-gets-my-foot-up-your-ass movie we possibly can.” Now that we think about it, no one really went to see the Firefly movie, Serenity, which didn’t make back its $40 million budget until it hit DVD.