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.”
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.
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