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'Veronica Mars' books and film to debut this spring

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While the full lineup for the South by Southwest Film Festival in Texas won’t be revealed until later this week, the Festival has already announced the premiere of the "Veronica Mars" movie. In the film, Veronica Mars returns to her hometown after graduating law school to deal with ex-boyfriend, Logan, who has been accused of murder. Veronica first tries to help Logan find an attorney, but when things don't go as planned, Veronica finds herself being pulled back into the life of sleuthing that she once left behind.

The movie broke records with its Kickstarter campaign back in 2013, when it reached its project goal of $2 million in just 10 hours and ultimately resulted in fan contributions of $5.7 million. Directed by creator Rob Thomas and written by both him and Diane Ruggiero, "Veronica Mars" stars Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Chris Lowell, Ryan Hansen, Krysten Ritter, Percy Daggs III, Tina Majorino, Francis Capra, Ken Marino and Enrico Colantoni. The film’s limited theatrical release after the SXSW premiere is set for March 14th.

To coincide with the film’s premier, Thomas is also penning a “Veronica Mars” two-book series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The books will pick up right where the film leaves off and follow a new mystery. A brief description of the book has been released:

The first book in an original mystery series featuring twenty-eight-year-old Veronica Mars, back in action after the events of Veronica Mars: The Movie. With the help of old friends — Logan Echolls, Mac Mackenzie, Wallace Fennel, and even Dick Casablancas — Veronica is ready to take on Neptune’s darkest cases with her trademark sass and smarts.

Rob Thomas is a former high school teacher and well-regarded young adult novelist. In fact, “Veronica Mars” was originally conceived as a book series, to follow on the heels of Rob’s acclaimed first novel, “Rats Saw God” (1996). Thomas told The Hollywood Reporter, “I started my career as a novelist. Veronica Mars was first imagined as a novel. I’m thrilled that I’m going to get the opportunity to continue telling Veronica Mars stories in a form I’ve loved and missed.” The television series enjoyed a cult following after its 2004 debut on UPN. Thomas’s other credits include “Party Down,” the “90210” reboot, “Dawson's Creek,” and he’s written five original books. The first book in the "Veronica Mars" series is slated to go on sale February 4th and is already available for pre-order on the Random House website for $15.95. The book series will help cross-promote the movie and may even serve as a bridge to a potential movie sequel.

In related “Veronica Mars” news, Amazon has obtained the exclusive rights to stream all three seasons of the show prior to the film's premiere, and the CW announced that it's also reviving the property with a web series on its website. The project will likely consist of six to eight 10-minute segments.

Before the books and film come out, you can see the "Veronica Mars" movie trailer above or link here.

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