‘Veronica Mars’ Movie Plot Details; Ending Leaves Opening for Sequels [Updated]

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 24th, 2013 at 3:34 pm,

Veronica Mars Movie Plot and Sequel Details Veronica Mars Movie Plot Details; Ending Leaves Opening for Sequels [Updated]

[UPDATE: We've included the answers from Rob Thomas' Twitter Q&A below.]

After shocking the entire world – fans most of all – by launching a Kickstarter to help fund a Veronica Mars movie, creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell were shocked themselves when it broke records and reached its $2 million goal in under ten hours.

Now that the movie is basically a foregone conclusion, Thomas and Bell have been making the rounds to talk about the Kickstarter and what we can expect when Veronica Mars: The Movie is released in 2014. In a recent interview, Thomas discussed in some detail the movie’s plot and the possibility of sequels if the film is a success.

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[WARNING: SPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT!]

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In an interview with TV Line, Rob Thomas explained what Veronica Mars has been up to since the series finale:

“She transferred away from Hearst college after that freshman year and went up to Stanford and finished her undergraduate degree. And then she went to Columbia Law School. She’s certainly been back to Neptune from time to time to see her dad and Mac and Wallace, but she hasn’t worked a PI case since the last one we all saw in the final episode of season 3. She ruined her dad’s chance for re-election and she decided that that path had caused too much chaos in her life.

“And so she hasn’t worked a PI case in nine years. And when we meet her, she’s sort of like where Tom Cruise was in the beginning of The Firm. She’s between having graduated and taken the bar and she’s interviewing at various law firms in New York.”

Fans probably know that – as a last-ditch effort to save the series – Rob Thomas filmed a test pilot for a season 4 that would’ve seen Veronica, post-college, in a special FBI unit wherein she would go undercover as a high school student and catch corrupt principals, teachers, students, etc. (basically, it was 21 Jump Street featuring Veronica Mars). Since season 4 never came to fruition, Thomas scrapped the idea altogether; this Veronica never joined the FBI. Of course, going to law school doesn’t preclude her from becoming an FBI agent down the line (as that’s what many FBI agents do prior to joining the FBI).

Veronica Mars FBI Season 4 Pilot Veronica Mars Movie Plot Details; Ending Leaves Opening for Sequels [Updated]

Will the movie be new audience-friendly? According to Thomas:

“I want to avoid getting deep into the ‘Veronica Mars’ mythology. We’re not going to get ghost visits from Lilly, as much as I joked about having Amanda Seyfried in it. We’re not going to get into Veronica’s backlog of cases. I want to make the movie accessible for people who haven’t watched ‘Veronica Mars’ before. All you need to know is that Veronica was a teenage private eye and she’s given it up. And there will be a moment early in the movie that will bring her back to Neptune and make her give being a private detective one more shot.”

Is it possible Veronica Mars could die in the movie, or can we expect sequels (or even a new series?) if the Kickstarter movie is successful?

“Veronica will survive the movie. I can’t promise anyone else does though. But there will be an opportunity for Veronica do to her thing again. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I didn’t think [about doing more movies or a new Netflix series]. I am hopeful [the movie] is the birth of [much more] ‘Veronica Mars.’ “

I think I speak for Veronica Mars fans everywhere when I say that a Veronica Mars miniseries might even be preferable to future sequels. But maybe we’re getting ahead of ourselves – the first (and perhaps only) movie doesn’t even begin shooting until this summer.

Veronica Mars Kickstarter Video Veronica Mars Movie Plot Details; Ending Leaves Opening for Sequels [Updated]

The ‘Veronica Mars’ Kickstarter Video

Other Veronica Mars movie news from around the Internet:

  • As previously reported, the Veronica Mars movie will be set primarily during her ten-year high school reunion. It was either that or just have characters from Veronica’s high school days randomly pop up and say things like, “I just happened to be in the neighborhood!”
  • At the beginning of the movie, Veronica will be in a relationship with someone. We may or may not be familiar with that someone, but don’t expect him to be Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring), who’s dating a pop star.
  • The murder mystery of the film involves Echolls’ aforementioned pop star girlfriend’s death, for which Logan will be (falsely?) implicated. Fans of the series will recall that Logan Echolls was falsely accused of terrible crimes (homicide among them) just about every other week.
  • Much like in the series, Keith Mars (Enrico Colantoni), Veronica’s father, will have a major role in the movie.
  • Backup, Veronica’s trusty, adorable, and protective pit bull, won’t be returning for the movie because he likely would’ve passed away in the ten years since the events of season 3. (No, I’m not crying, I just – my girlfriend was cutting onions earlier, I swear.)
  • Rob Thomas and company are “shooting for” a PG-13 rating.
  • Percy Daggs III – the actor who played Veronica’s best friend, Wallace Fennell – has confirmed to TMZ that he’s “100% down” to reprise his role.
  • Francis Capra (the little kid from Kazamheld a Reddit AMA where he made it pretty clear that he would be returning to portray Eli “Weevil” Navarro.
  • Rob Thomas told E! Online that Max Greenfield – the breakout star of FOX’s New Girl and the actor who played Deputy Leo in Veronica Mars – will also be reprising his role, though Leo will now be a San Diego police detective.
  • Krysten Ritter (star of the recently canceled Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23) tweeted that she hopes the movie will have room for her character – Gia Goodman – from season 2.
  • Lastly, Thomas told E! that he would do “anything” to make a Veronica Mars series happen on Netflix. If both Arrested Development season 4 and the VMars movie turn out to be incredibly successful ventures, I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s exactly what happens.

If you’re dying for more Veronica Mars movie news, make sure to check out the Live Twitter Q&A tomorrow with Rob Thomas:

Presumably, even more will be revealed about the forthcoming film. If you’re lucky, you might even get your question answered.

UPDATE: Check out the answers from the Twitter Q&A:

  • Rob Thomas is planning on Vinnie – played by Ken Marino (Role Models) – “running amok” in the film. In the series finale, Vinnie (who was basically Keith Mars’ private detective competitor) was all but guaranteed to be elected sheriff of Neptune.
  • The movie is outlined and the first 40 pages of the script have been written.
  • The chances of Duncan’s (Teddy Dunn) daughter showing up in the film are nonexistent; however, there’s a possibility Duncan, who was a fugitive by the end of season 2, will show up.
  • The song ‘We Used to Be Friends,’ which was the TV show’s theme song, will “definitely” be used in the movie in some “cool” way.
  • Veronica and Wallace will still be very close.
  • There will be “a couple great roles” for new actors, but the plan is for “many, many” characters from the series to return.
  • There won’t be any flashbacks to the original series.
  • Rob Thomas wants Krysten Ritter to appear in “more than” just a cameo.
  • There will be a Dax Shepard (Parenthood) cameo (Dax is Kristen’s fiancé).
  • The Neptune High School reunion will be a “middle of movie set piece.”
  • Thomas wants Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) – who had a small recurring role in the first season – to return.

As it stands now, the Veronica Mars Kickstarter is at $3,736,000. It’s slowed considerably in the past few days, so I wouldn’t expect it to make it past $5 million (and that might be a generous estimate) by April 12th unless some pretty desirable/pricey reward tiers get added soon.

What do you think of the Veronica Mars movie plot details, Screen Ranters? And if it’s successful, would you prefer additional movies or an all-new series on Netflix? Let us know in the comments.

The Veronica Mars movie will likely start shooting this summer with a release date in early 2014.

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Follow me on Twitter @benandrewmoore.

Sources: TV Line , TMZ, Reddit, E! Online, &  The Veronica Mars Movie Kickstarter

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  1. Why didn’t just people just watch the show when it was on?

    • I totally agree except I’ve only just watched the show. No hate though, my mum watched\watches the show but I was too young at the time. It aired 2004 in which I would of been four, I wasn’t exactly allowed to watch it.

      Yet, if it’s to do with the VM mythology then I’m really mad that it’ll be ditching that and no flashbacks to the show? If new people want to see the movie then watch the show, they should watch the show regardless of whether or not mythology or flashbacks occur. I do doubt if people will go and see it if they haven’t seen the show. It doesn’t seem all too fun to go watch a movie that’s from a show beforehand.

      You won’t understand certain quirks or actions because you don’t know the characters on a personal level. So they ditch mythology for nothing, basically. They better at least mention Lilly and Duncan, seeing as he wasn’t in it, in some way, shape or form. The two of them were big characters, important characters and they can’t be disregarded.

      And why is Piz at the high school reunion? It’s not a university reunion is it? Unless he’s Veronica’s date and I don’t see her staying with Piz for ten years, they lasted what three episodes? We’re considered a ‘thing’ for five but only dated for three. Nope, sorry, it seems so unrealistic.

      • Were* considered a ‘thing’

        And yes, they are together

  2. “And if it’s successful, would you prefer additional movies or an all-new series on Netflix?”

    Wait … we have to choose? I guess it’s not only life in Neptune which is unfair.

  3. Well, I’m glad you love your mom. That’s a good boy /girl.

    Of course, you realize you just described a good chunk of the best shows in TV history, right? Often, unique shows take some time for their audience to find them and by the time that happens the network has already pulled the plug. With Veronica Mars it seems like the CW under-valued the audience that they had.

  4. i didn’t watch it when it was new on tv because the limited marketing i saw made it look like a chick show. then i started reading good things about it, but didn’t check it out until i got netflix, and that happened to be one of the 1st full series i watched, and i thought the show was great. would love if they did some 13-15 episode seasons on netflix. i dont know how successful house of cards was. i liked it, havent really seen any negative review of it, but i think netflix has raised the bar for serialized shows and how they are viewed. with arrested development, and this new hemlock grove (which looks pretty cool with fammke jensen) i think netflix will be a force to be reckoned with as far as all the other networks go, and hope more series show up. i still need to watch lillyhammer. anyone watched that yet? is it worth watching? i watched the 1st episode, and it was kinda meh.

  5. I really really really REALLY want a Netflix series. I mean REALLY. I’ll take movies if that’s all I can get but I REALLY want THIS movie to be a kickstarter for a reboot of the series on Netflix. I think it would only be fitting for the entity that likely had a good deal to do with growing Veronica’s audience and giving Veronica the chance at second life to be the one to truly take her above and beyond to do and be what she was meant to be from the beginning.

  6. A. It wouldn’t be her 10th high school reunion. VM didn’t graduate until 2006. So unless we are jumping to the future…
    B. the whole plot seems a little ehhh….. I’m kind of disappointed to be honest. What is this… Like father like son???

    • It’s still in the beginning stages and I’m sure it’ll have some tweaks and there will be more to it than what we currently know. You can count on that. As far as the 10 year thing…the fact that Rob said, “It’s their 10 year reunion” makes me think that yes, we are jumping a couple years into the future. Likely because that may be about how long it would take to put together a new series or a second movie so then the timeline would be caught up again. It can be made to work.

    • Fortunately, since it’s a movie, they can jump three years into the future without actually doing it in real life. I don’t recall them ever saying what year it was in the orginal series, either, so perhaps that was just a period piece. A 2003 period piece.

      • I was reading these yesterday, and agreed, but then noticed tonight that the Sadie Hawkins dance episode from season 2 has a banner saying “Sadie Hawkins 2006″

        • Haha…well, I guess that means this movie takes place in 2016!

        • In the last episode when Veronica’s uncovering all the members from the castle all the recent members are filed under ’2010′.

  7. Great summary of what has happened so far with the Kickstarter campaign. In recent years Screenrant has become my go-to place for movie news. However I do have to add that it would be nice if you had checked with IMDB to make sure you have charater names spelled right. It’s Logan “Echolls” – not Eckles.

  8. I really hope they DONT do a netflix series or sequels. I hate how series goes on and on essentially killing what was originally good for the purpose of making more $$.
    No, im hoping just that the movie ends well and we are happy with the conclusion. Closure.
    Besides, a tv show means logan and veronica will just break up again and again, and as a fangirl, i just want a happy ending!

    this movie will be very different from the series in one large way: veronica will no longer be a teenager. This may change alot in regards to the feel of the movie.

  9. I loved the T.V show veronica mars, I actually started watching it on Netflix and I really hope there is a continuing series, I am amazed with all the amazing shows Netflix is coming up with like hemlock grove and hope Veronica Mars will also be added.

  10. I’ve watched the reruns over and over. my husband watches also. I hate that it ended. I want more . the talent and script was fabulous. looking forward to the movie. the series is s must.

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