A Veronica Mars revival series will happen at some point, and star Kristen Bell doesn't care how long it takes to make it a reality. Bell is a busy actress these days, headlining the critically acclaimed comedy series The Good Place over on NBC while starring in films like Bad Moms Christmas and the highly anticipated Frozen sequel. And as busy as she is, Rob Thomas -- the series' creator and the director of the 2014 Veronica Mars movie -- also has a packed schedule. The showrunner on The CW series iZombie is also developing a Lost Boys reboot for the network, so he doesn't have a ton of spare time either.
Thomas has said that scheduling conflicts are the main obstacle in the way of another Veronica Mars adventure, though the 2014 movie's underwhelming financial tally is likely playing a role as well. After a fan-driven Kickstarter campaign managed to secure the necessary funding to make the movie (which shot with a budget of roughly $6 million), the film brought in less than $3.5 million in its limited theatrical release. According to data listed on The Numbers, the movie may have tipped the scales a bit with its Blu-ray and DVD sales, which brought its total haul over $8.5 million. Still, those are hardly numbers that usually prompt sequel talks.
But according to Kristen Bell, neither of these roadblocks will keep Veronica Mars down forever. During a Facebook Live with Ryan Hansen and IndieWire yesterday to promote his new YouTube Red series Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television, Hansen was asked about the future of Veronica Mars, so he called Kristen Bell in the middle of the interview to check on the status of a reunion project. She sounded very confident that a followup would happen...someday.
"We are willing to put the effort in — I mean, if I have to do it as ‘Murder She Wrote’ at 80, we’re going to do it. It’s going to happen."
Bell went on to express the "willingness and commitment" she and Thomas share about the project, before revealing that Veronica Mars would be returning to the small screen the next time out.
You can’t do two television shows at the same time. So we’d have to do like a miniseries. Rob and I email about it every couple of months or so. And personally I think, and I think Rob probably agrees, is that a) we’ll never make the fans pay for it again and b) the format works better as an episodic [series].
The 2014 movie may not have been a massive financial success, but the potential behind a limited revival on television is definitely there. Most Veronica Mars fans would argue that it's the best format for the character to return in anyway, regardless of scheduling conflicts. But given how busy the two most important pieces of the puzzle are at the moment, it could be some time before that return actually happens.