In the awesome-news-six-years-in-the-making category, Rob Thomas (no, the other one) and Kristen Bell are making a Veronica Mars movie! I’m so stoked about their insanely successful Kickstarter campaign. I knew they were gonna reach their goal, too. And not just because by the time I found out about the Kickstarter and pledged my support they had already received more than a million dollars in pledges.
Have I mentioned that I love Veronica Mars? Because I do.
You know what’s funny? I started rearranging my bookshelves last weekend. Thus far, it has entailed moving my CDs, my TV on DVD box sets, and my books from one bookcase to another. And as I was moving my TV box sets, there was Veronica Mars staring at me reproachfully. I thought about how long it had been since I’d watched it and promised myself that I’d get around to watching an episode or two sometime. And then, just a couple of days later, there was a Kickstarter campaign. So now I really need to go back and re-watch the series.
I watched the first eight episodes over the last two days, but I doubt I’ll be able to keep that pace up. Especially since my new job will take up a lot of time. And then I’ll have to watch baseball when I get home. But I have time to get reacquainted with the goings on in Neptune, CA; they’re not even going to film the movie until this summer.
I know there’s been backlash about the Kickstarter and some people have said that those of us who pledged are dupes. But here’s the thing: I don’t care. Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell have been talking about doing a movie since the show was cancelled. I have long wanted to see a Veronica Mars movie. But it was never going to happen. I would imagine that if the powers that be in Hollywood learned one thing from Serenity, it’s that cancelled TV shows do not become successful movies. (Don’t misread, I love Serenity. But it wasn’t what you’d call a hit.) So crowd-sourced funding from the show’s fans was pretty much the only way they were ever going to be able to make a movie. So they put together a Kickstarter and got their funding and now they’re gonna make a Veronica Mars movie. That’s a win as far as I’m concerned.