Looks like you'll get that Veronica Mars movie
Who's saying what
When it comes to fandoms, you've got to hand it to the Veronica Mars set (or "marshmallows"): despite their beloved show being prematurely cancelled in 2007, they've been holding onto the dream of its revival ever since.
Now, it looks like their wish will come true - on the big screen.
Creator Rob Thomas launched a Kickstarter campaign this morning, shooting for a minimum of $2 million in order to begin shooting mid-year: "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 here's the (charming) video, starring Kristen Bell herself (plus Enrico Colantoni, Ryan Hansen, and Jason Dohring):
To give you an idea of how much of a sure bet the funding is, as I write this sentence - at 8:49am - the total was at $1,489,759. Just one minute later, it was at $1,492,974. If you don't believe me, look at the timestamp in the top-right corner of these highly professional screen shots:
You can actually watch it increase in real time (if you have nothing better to do), though sadly the "speaking role in the film" incentive for a $10,000 pledge has already been snapped up.
With 30 days of funding to go, and the $2m goal in sight within the next half a day or so, it's on track to become the most-funded Kickstarter film project of all time, if not one of the fastest funded also.
So, in other words, we can all assume that come 2014, we'll be seeing that Veronica Mars movie in cinemas!