With the help of the most successful Kickstarter film campaign to date, the wildly popular cult TV show “Veronica Mars” is one step closer to being made into a movie.
Never before has a Hollywood entity taken to crowdsourcing to help produce a major motion picture film. Yet the plan certainly worked: the Kickstarter campaign for the film development raised over $2.5 million dollars in just 10 hours.
As creator Rob Thomas explains on the page,
“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.”
Like other Kickstarters, the campaign had incentives for donor contribution. A donation of $10,000 came with a promise for a role as a featured actor with a small speaking role.
Lasting only three short seasons, the show centers around a highschool student and private investigator living in the fictional town of Neptune, California. Its rating were reasonably strong. But as UPN was acquired by the CW the show and its various rights owners, including Warner Brothers Television, and producers, were caught in network crossfire.
When the show was cancelled, fans of the of the cult hit were devastated, saying there was no resolution to characters they had grown to care about and love. Six years later, they’re back and the film is expected to hit theatres as early as 2014.
After the wildly successful campaign, the show’s star Kristen Bell addressed her die-hard fans as “dearest marshmallows, praising their efforts,
“You have banded together like the sassy little honey badgers you are and made this possibility happen. 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. “