After 2 awards and 14 nominations, the 2004-2007 Rob Thomas creation “Veronica Mars” was taken off the air. “Veronica Mars” was a teenage detective who solved the toughest mysteries in the town of Neptune after her best friend was murdered and her father was removed from his position as country sheriff.
Kristen Bell played the role of Veronica and won an award for the “Best Actress on Television.” The series ended like most do – with a finale that does not quench the thirst of the fans following the show, picked up along the three year run. In fact, this series had a cult following that felt so strongly about their TV series, they paid the price to bring it back, only this time on the big screen.
Creator Rob Thomas had always dreamed of making the series into a film, specifically to give the show a meaningful ending. Because of fans and a strong campaign on Kickstarter.com, the project is coming to fruition.
On Wednesday morning, Thomas had posted a video of Bell and Enrico Colantoni who both starred in “Veronica Mars.” The video was taken in February 2012 and displayed the two stars asking fans to donate some money toward the film making idea. Warner Bros. made an offer to make the series into a film if fans were interested enough to donate $2 million in one month’s time. The goal was met in less than a day and actually went over.
Prizes fans could obtain, from a $10 donation, were script copies emailed to them or even the opportunity to have a one-line speaking role as a waiter in the film. The line is going to be “Your check, sir” and it was quickly snatched up for a $10,000 donation to the cause.
Late Thursday, there were nearly 47,000 fans backing the film project, bringing in $2.8 million in pledges. Warner Bros. says the film is a go.
“Veronica Mars” will be filmed as a low-budget project that will be filmed this summer. The movie will later be released in movie theaters on a “limited release” basis. The film will most likely be released in the video on demand sector as well.
Kickstarter.com may be the ticket for other creators of television series who have always dreamt their show would end up as a full feature on the big screen.
Watch for “Veronica Mars” coming to theaters, probably in 2014.