A year ago, a Veronica Mars movie seemed like merely a pipedream in the minds of millions of spurned fans of the unceremoniously canceled cult series (2004-2007). Then creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell launched a Kickstarter, and one day and $2 million later, that pipedream became a reality.
Ultimately, the Kickstarter was so successful, that Warner Bros. decided to expand the number of theaters for the film's release. While tickets for the nationwide release - March 14, 2014 - don't go on sale until tomorrow, tickets for an early release - March 13 - went on sale today and almost immediately sold out.
In fact, the sale was so successful that AMC Theaters added even more screenings. If you're interested, go here to see if tickets have been sold out in your area. A ticket sets you back $18 - quite a chunk of change for one of those old-fashioned "films" without the "3D" fixins - but you do get a T-shirt and a "limited edition lanyard" (if you're into that sort of thing).
And these are the theaters that are holding the event:
- Atlanta – AMC Phipps Plaza 14
- Boston – AMC Loews Boston Common 19
- Chicago – AMC River East 21
- Dallas – AMC Northpark 15
- Denver – AMC Westminster Promenade
- Houston – AMC First Colony 24
- Kansas City – AMC Studio 30
- Los Angeles – AMC Century City 15
- Miami – AMC Aventura 24
- Minneapolis – AMC Southdale Center 16
- N.Y./N.J. – AMC Garden State 16
- Philadelphia – AMC Neshaminy 24
- Phoenix – AMC Westgate 20
- San Diego – AMC Mission Valley 20
- San Francisco – AMC Metreon 16
- Seattle – AMC Pacific Place 11
- Washington D.C. – AMC Tysons Corner 16
The tickets for Veronica Mars selling out - combined with the movie winning MTV's movie brawl (against 2014 films like Mockingjay, Divergent, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2) - has certainly been a pretty exciting turn of events. I just hope it doesn't create a false sense of inflation in terms of what we can expect from the film at the box office.
While VMars certainly has its ardent fanbase, it was canceled for a reason. The show was beloved, but it wasn't extremely successful. Let's remember that and temper our expectations as the film heads toward release.
Finally, we leave you with a clip from Veronica Mars (top of the page) featuring Veronica and her dad, Keith Mars (Enrico Colantoni), and their (patented) witty repartee. It's interesting seeing Bell take on the role that made her famous after years of playing characters that have, for the most part, been completely different. She doesn't seem to have missed a beat.
What say you, Screen Ranters? Are you looking forward to the release of Veronica Mars? Do you plan to attend an early screening? Drop us a line in the comments.
Veronica Mars hits theaters nationwide on March 14th, 2014.
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Source: AMC Theaters