That’s what our favourite Marshmallow (Kristen Bell) had to say when the Kickstarter campaign, which was started to raise $2million dollars in 30 days to fund a Veronica Mars movie, reached its goal in less than 10 hours. Now, with the campaign over, it has smashed Kickstarter records for the highest number of backers (91,585), and grossed a final tally of $5,702,153. That’s almost 3 times the original goal! But I’m not here to discuss how mind-blowing and possibly game-changing the campaign was (and it was pretty nuts). Now that it’s official, I’m more interested in what this film will be like. Who will be involved? What will the story entail? And how many snarky put-downs do we have in store for us?
Personally, there are a lot of things I want out of a Veronica Mars movie, so it’s safe to say that expectations are pretty high, here. First and foremost, I think the biggest reason I’ve been hanging on to hope for something like this for so long is to see the show reach some kind of resolution. Now, I’m not one of the fans who berated the finale. As an episode, ‘The Bitch is Back’ stands up well in its own right, but as the closing chapter in one of the greatest shows of our time...not so much.
Where did Ronnie end up after her rain soaked walk through Neptune after the Sheriff election? What happened to Keith after he risked his own job to destroy damning evidence on Veronica? What about Logan...and Mac...and Wallace...Is his life still a non-stop Nelly video? They’re probably the biggest questions left hanging for me. But, it’s not just follow-up that I want. This is something that should retain all of the magic of the original series; the wit, the mystery, the sass; it all needs to be there, along with some exciting story that can feasibly fuel a feature film. Plus, all the familiar faces; Logan, Keith, Mac, Wallace and Weevil are must haves for me.
Of course, I’m not delusional. I know there’s going to be limitations, like scheduling and budget. But I think Rob’s got his head straight with this. He’s always known what fans want, and almost always given it to them. His fan appeasing nature was a bit of an issue at times (the LoVe train was a little over-powering during season 3), but in this instance I think it will be exactly what we need. He’s also given us as much insight as possible into where the money is going. I’m confident it will be used to its full potential.
So, what do we know for sure already? As far as casting goes, we’ve got this to go on: "We now have three actors officially cast. Veronica. Logan and the waiter who says, 'Your check, sir.' Don't worry. We're busily working on bringing your favorites into the fold.” So that’s good news. I heard rumours of Max Greenfield being sought out, so he’s cast his net wide on this one. Even Vinnie is involved (I’m sort of over the moon about that one), most likely as reigning Sheriff of Neptune.
The script itself seems to be underway, too. Story details are starting to arrive now that the first draft has been completed. Apparently since leaving Neptune, Veronica [and minor spoilers here] transferred from Hearst (most likely after the scandal of the second to last episode) graduated from Stanford (like she wanted to), and just finished law school at Columbia. We also have the synopsis we started with: “Life has taken Veronica away from Neptune. In the years since spoiling Keith's chances to be re-elected sheriff, Veronica hasn't taken a case. But something big is about to bring her back home and back to her calling.” It’s not a lot, but it’s enough to get the fanboy in me going.
Looks like the cast are headed for Comic-Con! It’s not something I’d ever attend, but it’s great news all the same. Their own booth is pending, but the fact that the campaign got them there is amazing on its own.
A huge thank you to Rob and Kristen and anyone else who was involved in getting this movie off the ground! It couldn’t have been easy, but I’m so glad they did it.
The records broken by this Kickstarter campaign:
- Fastest project to reach $1 million.
- Fastest project to reach $2 million.
- All-time highest-funded project in FILM category.
- Third highest-funded project in Kickstarter history.
- Most project backers of any project in Kickstarter history.
Kristen: “Lilly: I've got a secret, a good one. ***the secrets out: RON MARS FANS ARE THE BEST IN THE WORLD.*** #veronicabars #veronicamarsmovie”
So, what about you guys? Did you make any donations? What are you looking to see? More brooding from Logan, maybe? More father/daughter time for Veronica and Keith? Sound off in the comments. And stay cool soda pop(s)!