Is the 'Veronica Mars' Movie Finally Happening?
Is the 'Veronica Mars' Movie Finally Happening?
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
For years, fans of Veronica Mars have been hearing rumors of a movie. Creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell have been quite vocal about desperately wanting this to happen, following in the footsteps of the Firefly movie, Serenity. And now it's closer than ever to becoming a reality.

Thomas and Bell have begun a Kickstarter campaign to try and raise money from fans to make the Veronica Mars movie a reality.

Here's how it works: Fans have until April 12 to pledge any amount of money (starting as low as one dollar) to the Veronica Mars Movie Kickstarter drive. If they reach $2 million, Thomas and Bell vow that the movie will go into pre-production immediately with an eye towards filming this summer with a release date as early as the start of 2014. Yes, we could be less than one year away from seeing the Veronica Mars movie.

UPDATE: And it is on! Yes, in a little over 10 hours, The Veronica Mars Movie Project raised its goal of $2 million with just over 31,000 supporters donating anywhere from $1 to $10,000 (and I'm more than happy to report that I am among them). Creator Rob Thomas tweeted "It's a green light my friends." So, barring an act of God, there WILL BE a Veronica Mars movie.

We always hear about beloved TV shows becoming movies, but sometimes all the talk goes nowhere. For instance, we've been hearing about a 24 movie for years, and today the director announced that it's not gonna happen.

On the Kickstarter page, Thomas lets fans know that the movie would try to bring as many beloved characters back as possible, perhaps centering the film around the 10-year high school reunion for Neptune alums.

There's also a hilarious 5-minute video where Ryan Hansen (Dick) breaks into Kristen Bell's house to ask about making the movie. Jason Dohring (Logan) shows up to quote lines and brood, Enrico Colantoni (Keith Mars) is still in character and creator Rob Thomas does a puppet show while considering how to get big movie star Amanda Seyfried into the film.

Veronica Mars was a noir teen drama airing on UPN and the CW for three seasons. It centered on a plucky young private investigator (Bell) working with her dad (Enrico Colantoni). Other key characters include Veronica's on-again, off-again rebel boyfriend Logan (Jason Dohring) and her best friends Wallace (Percy Daggs III) and Mac (Tina Majorino).

So donate today and let's all hope and pray that, for once, all the hype about turning a beloved TV show into a movie actually pays off. Surely Joss Whedon isn't the only one who can get it done.

(Image courtesy of the CW)