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Kickstarter Users Throw $3 Million Behind Veronica Mars Movie

By - Source: Tom's Guide US | B 26 comments

Another Kickstarter success story.

Veronica Mars only ran for three seasons, finishing in 2007. However, the show has a loyal fanbase and it's been hankering for a movie ever since the show ended. Now it seems fans might finally get their wish. The shows creator this week launched a Kickstarter to try and raise money to produce a Veronica Mars movie. That Kickstarter has already exceeded its goal in just one day.

Rob Thomas explains that he has always wanted to do a Veronica Mars movie but that things haven't worked out in the past. Apparently they got close a few years ago but Warner Bros. wasn't convinced there was enough interest to warrant a major studio-sized movie about Veronica and the project never got off the ground.

Thomas has since decided to take things into his own hands. He and the shows lead Kristen Bell are both on board for the movie and they've convinced Warner Bros. to allow them to try and make it happen using Kickstarter.

"Kristen and I met with the Warner Bros. brass, and they agreed to allow us to take this shot," said Thomas. "They were extremely cool about it, as a matter of fact. Their reaction was, if you can show there’s enough fan interest to warrant a movie, we’re on board. So this is it. This is our shot."

The Kickstarter was launched March 13 with a goal of $2 million. At time of writing, total funds raised is just shy of $3.1 million. Perks include a copy of the script, t-shirts, digital versions of the movie at the same time as the theatrical release, all three seasons of Veronica Mars on DVD, a recorded voice message from Kristen Bell, tickets to the red carpet movie premiere, extra roles in the movie, the chance to name a character, private screenings in your home town, speaking roles in the movie, and more. 

Head on over to the Kickstarter page to show your support or check out the perks.

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    weierstrass , March 15, 2013 5:35 AM
    Why is this article on Tomsguide? Next we read something about lady Gaga...
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    Neverdyne , March 15, 2013 7:56 AM
    The point of the article is to emphasize the power of Kickstarter and crowd-funding, which is only possible due to technology and global connectivity. I guess that's why it's on Tom's.
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    MajinCry , March 15, 2013 8:01 AM
    And that type of article should be kept on typical trash-reporting news sites.

    Suits the new TomsHardware. Sadly.
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    demonhorde665 , March 15, 2013 8:17 AM
    how is a garbage tv show like this getting 3 milion on kickstarter when it didn't even last more than 3 seasons ??? guess folks will watch any thing these days.
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    tomc100 , March 15, 2013 8:28 AM
    I wish Volition would do a kickstarter for Freespace 3. There's a real dearth of space sims. The last one was started by kickstarter which was Strike Suit Zero, although fun was nowhere nearly as engaging as Freespace series, Wing Commander series, or X-wing Tie Fighter games. There's so much potential with today's hardware and a real demand for it.
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    lpedraja2002 , March 15, 2013 8:41 AM
    Wait what? I thought from the title this was some kind of porn star. One thing I would like to see is a kickstarter for the series Firefly.
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    kyuuketsuki , March 15, 2013 8:50 AM
    tomc100I wish Volition would do a kickstarter for Freespace 3. There's a real dearth of space sims. The last one was started by kickstarter which was Strike Suit Zero, although fun was nowhere nearly as engaging as Freespace series, Wing Commander series, or X-wing Tie Fighter games. There's so much potential with today's hardware and a real demand for it.

    Apparently you haven't heard of Star Citizen, the (partially) crowd-funded space sim being made by Chris Roberts (of Wing Commander/Privateer/Freelancer fame)? You should check it out.

    www.robertsspaceindustries.com
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    HolyCrusader , March 15, 2013 9:14 AM
    kyuuketsukiApparently you haven't heard of Star Citizen, the (partially) crowd-funded space sim being made by Chris Roberts (of Wing Commander/Privateer/Freelancer fame)? You should check it out.www.robertsspaceindustries.com

    I'm watching Star Citizen as well, but I too would love to see an actual Freespace 3 and learn more about the backstory. Alas, I believe the IP is stuck with Interplay and thus Volition would have difficulties making Freespace 3 even if they wanted to.
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    vegettonox , March 15, 2013 9:56 AM
    Idk what is a bigger waste, this or nascar
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    falchard , March 15, 2013 10:03 AM
    If they had a goal of $100k contribution get dinner with Kristen Bell, then it would have raised a lot more.
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    signothorn , March 15, 2013 10:36 AM
    Kickstarter should be a way for fan favs with underestimated followings to get projects rolling. This made me think of Don Coscarelli not getting the funding to make the last Phantasm movie that was penned by Roger Avery and Bruce Campbell was going to be in it. I wish they would do a kickstarter and make this happen.
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    irish_adam , March 15, 2013 1:13 PM
    demonhorde665how is a garbage tv show like this getting 3 milion on kickstarter when it didn't even last more than 3 seasons ??? guess folks will watch any thing these days.


    You mean like how family guy was cancelled twice, the first time being after the 3rd season i believe and it was only after support from its massive fanbase (DVD sales) that it restarted? just because a show is cancelled doesnt mean that no one was watching it.
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    LePhuronn , March 15, 2013 1:22 PM
    I really should do a Kickstarter to buy the Homeworld IP from THQ
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    jgalecio , March 15, 2013 2:07 PM
    Hell I say start a kickstarter for Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver!!!!
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    f-14 , March 15, 2013 2:18 PM
    some how i knew this was going to be on toms of one of the 3 things i saw on other sites yesterday.
    it had raised 1 million in just 2 hours and another 600k in the 3rd hour alone from under 10,000 uesers.

    just surprised the kid who bought $2,500 in game items in 10 minutes on his parents iPad didn't make it also.
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    TuffLittleUnit , March 15, 2013 2:44 PM
    kyuuketsukiApparently you haven't heard of Star Citizen, the (partially) crowd-funded space sim being made by Chris Roberts (of Wing Commander/Privateer/Freelancer fame)? You should check it out.www.robertsspaceindustries.com


    The Wing Commander games were rubbish in terms of space combat. Flashy video etc but not a touch on the Freespace and XWing/Tie Fighter series. I wanna fly a B-Wing again!
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    TuffLittleUnit , March 15, 2013 2:46 PM
    And whilst we're at it, I want a Battlezone remake too (not the original arcade game but the 90s RTS meets FPS versions)
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    itchyisvegeta , March 15, 2013 3:27 PM
    Season 1 of Veronica Mars was really good. Definitely worth a watch.
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    hetneo , March 15, 2013 4:02 PM
    NeverdyneThe point of the article is to emphasize the power of Kickstarter and crowd-funding, which is only possible due to technology and global connectivity. I guess that's why it's on Tom's.

    Many previous Kickstarter projects have proved that to be the case, today this article is pointless in that regard. So the real question is why Tom's has article about dumb show?
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    dalethepcman , March 15, 2013 4:11 PM
    TuffLittleUnitThe Wing Commander games were rubbish in terms of space combat. Flashy video etc but not a touch on the Freespace and XWing/Tie Fighter series. I wanna fly a B-Wing again!


    3D video cards hadn't even been invented when Wing commander was released... Wing commander released 1990, 3DFX founded 1994. Exactly how is this "flashy video" possible on a 256k 2d video card?
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