For those who believe that crowdsourcing site Kickstarter.com is only for funding unknown filmmakers, think again. Rob Thomas who has attempted to bring his TV series Veronica Mars to the big screen ever since it was cancelled in 2007 struck a deal with Warner Bros that if he could raise $2 million from a Kickstarter campaign by April 12, 2013 the studio would green light the project. The goal was achieve in record time as reported by The Globe and Mail as within 24 hours over 31,000 contributors pledged the required amount with one individual paying $10,000 for a speaking role in the movie.
As for the feature length screenplay which will mark the return of the sassy and witty high school student who operates after classes as a private investigator, here is the brief synopsis:
Life has taken Veronica away from Neptune. In the years since spoiling Keith’s chances to be reelected sheriff, Veronica hasn’t taken a case. But something big is about to bring her back home and back to her calling – which just happens to be around her ten year high school reunion.
It will be interesting to see if Veronica Mars can capture the comedic and dramatic magic of two other films revolving around 10 year high school reunions, Beautiful Girls (1996) and Grosse Pointe Blank (1997). We will soon be finding out as Rob Thomas will be teaming up with star Kristen Bell (Hit and Run) for a summer shoot which will then be followed by an early 2014 release date.