It all started a year and a half ago when some of the Veronica Mars cast got together to film a YouTube video without being asked. When their Kickstarter launched, $2 million was raised in 10 hours, with over 90,000 backers and finally raising well over $5 million in 30 days. Fans and the cast are getting the Veronica Mars movie they’ve been asking for for years. This is the San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Veronica Mars panel.
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Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars)
Francis Capra (“Weevil”)
Enrico Colantoni (Keith)
Percy Daggs III (Wallace)
Jason Dohring (Logan)
Ryan Hansen (Dick Casablancas)
Chris Lowell (Piz)
Tina Majorino (“Mac”)
Rob Thomas (Producer and Director)
Fans were first treated to a trailer of new footage mixed with cast comments, a sneak peek at the class reunion celebration, belts with flasks, fist fights, hot cars, dancing, running, a married Weevil and everyone getting wet.
The Plot and Process
Rob Thomas noted that it has a Godfather III theme, which is odd since II was such a better film. He goes on to reassure it’s the story he has always wanted to tell, the one fans want to see. Veronica hasn’t worked as a PI since we last saw her and gets pulled back into it.
There won’t be a lot of mentions of characters we lost during the series in an effort to bring a new audience, but there will be lots of Easter Eggs for fans so they will not be disappointed.
The movie wraps on Monday. The toughest part of doing the movie on a budget was the fast pace. Rob Thomas didn’t want to do a film shot at one location with a limited cast. He wanted to bring as many characters back as possible and on multiple sets, so the lines needed to be delivered after three to four takes. If he had an extra million dollars, he’d ask for more time.
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The Opening Line
Kristen Bell delivered the first line of the film, which starts in a bar: “Charming drink names. I can’t decide between a Beast with Two Backs or a Donkey Punch.”
Bell later went on to talk about how easy it is delivering Veronica’s lines because of the talent of Rob Thomas and some crazy connection. It usually only takes one read-through to memorize.
Kristen Bell found out the show had been canceled the day before she shot the scene from Forgetting Sarah Marshall when her character finds out her show is being canceled.
Rob Thomas watched episodes of Veronica Mars before writing the film while on the treadmill. When he got to the Veronica and Logan kiss, he watched it over and over, proud of the work and a bit embarrassed as his wife walked in and there were tears in his eyes.
Enrico Colantoni has watched the series with his daughter. And one of his favorite moments is how she would look at him and back at Veronica and Keith and back at her dad, and so on and so forth, Colantoni joked, realizing she will never have a relationship like that with her dad.
A release date has not been set, but expect it in the first few months of 2014. It was recently announced that there would be an adult book series around the show. The first book will be released around the same time as the film. The books begin where the film leaves off.
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