Kristen Bell Wants to Finance a ‘Veronica Mars’ Movie

Published 5 years ago by , Updated March 13th, 2013 at 9:20 am,

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Veronica Mars was easily the second best television show of the last decade (after Arrested Development). And, much like that comedy classic, it was prematurely snuffed out in its third season. The series finale, while emotionally brutal, compelling, and incredibly entertaining, was disappointing – due to the many dangling plot threads.

Since then, talk of a possible feature film to wrap-up those threads has emerged every few months or so – also reminiscent of Arrested Development. Despite series creator Rob Thomas’ (Party Down) best efforts, Warner Bros. has, so far, been unwilling to fork over the necessary cash for anything less than a financial sure-thing. Which is why the show’s star, Kristen Bell, wants to finance it herself.

Unfortunately, just because Warner Bros. doesn’t want to make a movie, doesn’t mean they’re ready to let go of the rights, either. It’s the “if I can’t have you, no one will!” scenario from every soap opera I’ve ever watched.

At the premiere of her new movie, You Again, Bell said:

“[Movie-making is] a business and the sad truth is that … [Warner Bros. isn’t] going to relinquish the rights to something and let us do it. We really have to do it with them because they own it. At this point, Warner Bros. can make it but like any studio they have research that tells them whether or not they’ll make their money back. And that’s what we’ve been told: That [the money’s] just not there. So my duty, because I wanted this movie made from the minute our show got canceled, is to a) do it before I’m 40; and b) to prove to Warner Bros. that there is an audience. You already have 3 million who watched it every week, hardcore fans that will see it—you can only build from there.”


Asked if she’d settle for a web series, Bell was reticent, but ultimately responded in the affirmative.

“I would be down with doing a Web series. I think, and I don’t speak for anyone else but myself, but I think that [the fans] want it grand because it is deserving of being on the big screen. I think that maybe our creators would settle for that but I think that we all really want to push for the movie if it can happen.”

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A few things: First, a Veronica Mars movie wouldn’t cost that much money. Despite the number of great actors involved, no cast members have become too big to return. Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring, Francis Capra, Enrico Colantoni, and Tina Majorino – these aren’t exactly household names. Kristen Bell is the biggest name on the call-sheet and it sounds like she’d be willing to forego a paycheck in lieu of a cut of the film’s proceeds.

Not to mention, this would be a movie about a girl in college who’s also a private detective. We’re not talking about a mega sci-fi blockbuster a la Avatar that would require mountains of cash to produce.

Secondly, the show may have been canceled due to poor ratings, but its fans are passionate and – one more time, like Arrested Development – have been growing ever since the curtain fell on the series, thanks to a little thing called DVD (not to mention Netflix and good old-fashioned word-of-mouth). Just search #veronicamars on Twitter and read through the legions of fan tweets begging for Warner Bros. to give their favorite show and character a proper send-off.

Obviously, I’m all in favor of a Veronica Mars movie – or anything else for that matter, be it a web series, an RPG videogame, a stack of Old Maid playing cards, whatever – but I refuse to get my hopes up until I see something official. If you’re a fan of the show, you should probably do the same.

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By Bioware and Hasbro, natch!

If you’re dying to see Kristen Bell in action, check out her latest movie, You Again, which debuts tomorrow, Sept. 24, in theaters everywhere.

Or you can just watch all three seasons of Veronica Mars streaming on Netflix.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. I thik she has as much of a chance getting this done as TomSelleck does getting a MagnumP.I movie done with him in the lead.
    And Selleck had a script written by Tom Clancy and he still couldnt convince Universal it was a good idea.

    • There are a couple key differences there. First, while I liked Magnum P.I., it’s no Veronica Mars. Second, Tom Selleck is an old, out-of-shape man who STILL thinks he should be cast in the Magnum P.I. movie. Kristen Bell is a young, attractive girl who’s actually paving a career path in movies, something Selleck never succeeded in. Which isn’t to say that I don’t like the guy, because I do.

    • “I thik she has as much of a chance getting this done as Tom Selleck does getting a MagnumP.I movie done with him in the lead.”

  2. An incredible series. I doubt Warner Bros wants to admit they Firefly’ed one of the best shows they ever had.

  3. OMG I would be so excited to see this.

  4. Please, oh PLEASE let this happen. Also I would like more Veronica Mars merchandise. A lunch box, a bedspread and pillow cases, the works. Definitely a set of that Old Maid Mars card game too.

  5. She’s hot, and high maintance,,, best legs in the biz,,,

    She’s a beauty,,,one in a million girls,,,

    She’s everything you dream about,,, but don’t fall in love,,, with the Bell,,, :-)

  6. Veronica Mars was a smart series, and there’s so little of that in the world. I’m up for this and hope it happens. (Loved the VM/Old Maid cards.)

  7. I do not have the first clue about the business aspect of movie making, with all the rights issues etc…
    But what has WB to gain by NOT giving Kristen Bell the rights to do it and getting a share of the profits? What good does it do them to sit on the movie rights and not do anything with them?

    The series was ended abruptly and it felt a bit like a book with the last chapter missing.

  8. Easily the best show? What happneed to Supernatural? Or Buffy and Angel?

    • Yeah, Veronica Mars was better.

  9. I agree Ben, VM was far better..the two first seasons were easily in the same league as HBO masterpiece shows like The Wire, Six Feet Under or the Sopranos..And Bell with Dorhing was easily the best on-screen chemistry i have ever seen on TV ! So a VM movie yes we want it (with Logan and Keith of course).

  10. Veronica Mars better than Buffy/Angel?

    You guys should do stand-up.

    • VM is so much better than Buffy/Angel that it hurts.

    • Listen, Buffy/Angel were fine shows, but they also suffered, like many Joss Whedon works, from being hokey and not funny despite desperately trying to be funny one-hundred percent of the time.

  11. It’s only hurting becuase inside, Buffy/Angel is so much better than VM, that saying the opposite is essentially blasphemy.

    But I can help you get back on the path of Good.

    Believe and Trust – always, my friend.

    • Hey, to each his/her own.

  12. B/A suffered from time and money.

    The technical side of Angel was diabolical (time), in terms of continuity but the story and characters were always well written and defined.

    The metaphors, twists and exploration of theme and morality were second to none.

    • Again, to each his/her own. Time and money doesn’t explain why the dialogue was faux-hip and always trying too hard, unsuccessfully, to be funny. I don’t think it was bad by any means, I just didn’t enjoy it.

  13. I would love a VM movie or something the third season was ok but they ended it all wrong.

  14. I agree with you there – the dialogue in the first 3 seasons of Buffy is incredibly dated but it was the story and characters that made it umissable TV.

    Over on Angel, it was the same, except it didn’t have any of Buffy’s problems in dialogue and the story, characters and actors make it the best TV I have ever seen.

    VM was good – Angel was better.

    Anyways what about Dexter? That’s bloody good too!

  15. I think Warner Bros. should let it happen. They let One tree Hill go on for so many years. That show sucked compared to Veronica Mars. Kristen Bell’s show was like CSI and Law and Order for a younger generation. She was overlooked, and it’s not fair! She deserves a chance to prove her self. Want to know the truth? People were probably more drawn to other dramatic series, and not Veronica Mars, for the reason that stupid people outnumber intelligent people by the millions. It’s sad. I’m sure Veronica Mars gained more popularity over the years since they show all 3 seasons on Netflix. I fell in love with the show all over again. Millions of people have Netflix. The show has very high ratings. WE WANT THE MOVIE!! GIVE IT TO US PLEASE! :D

  16. You have to stay with Logan!!!!!! Best couple ever!!! Everyone would love tht ending!!!! <3


  18. I never seen the last season dont kno how it ended I love to see a movie am watchin the show on soapnet faithful and am 27 and still like it

  19. To some people it may not be the best television show ever but I had to say to me it definitely was and still is. A lot of television show start off good and end abruptly. Dark Angel was another great television show.