Holy Crap, A Veronica Mars Movie Via Kickstarter

Yes, sure, I love Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

And Firefly.

And Arrested Development.

But Veronica Mars for me was a show that just fucking clicked, man, it totally tweaked my narrative nipples in a way I can’t describe even now, years later. Its crimetastic and detective-flavored snark-witted drama just tickled all my parts. The first season of that show was for me a nearly impeccable season of television, showcasing the power of really finely wrought storytelling in and out of the medium. Bonus points: Kristen Bell!

Who loves sloths!

They’ve been trying to make a movie for years.

And folks have kept hope alive.

Which is silly, really.

OR WAS IT?

*crash of thunder*

Because now, holy crap, they’re going right to Kickstarter to see if they can crowdfund a Veronica Mars movie. I know someone is probably going to say that a film like this made by people of this caliber doesn’t need Kickstarter and isn’t crowdfunding for little projects and blah blah blah, but for my mileage, this is one of the many uses for the Kickstarter platform. It’s a small-budget movie-sized continuation of a television show on a small network that has been off the air for years and has continually failed to find the funding it needed within the rigors of the system. So, why not escape the system? Why not let fans be the generative driver?

To my mind, projects like this — particularly when they’re successful — don’t exploit the crowdsourcing paradigm but rather reveal the value of it.

Anyway, fuck it, whatever. Point is:

VERONICA MARS MOVIE.

That sound you hear from where you’re sitting is my giddy, violent squeeing.

And I don’t squee easily, peeps.

Here’s a link to the Kickstarter. (Don’t tell anyone, but I was totally the first pledge. No, really. I don’t know how the hell that happened, nor does it matter but SHUT UP LET ME HAVE THIS.) At the very least, watch the amusing video. Did I mention Kristen Bell?

23 comments

  • My only regret is that I can only pledge $50. Veronica Mars is one of the greatest TV characters of all time. (Also, I totally teared up when the actor who played Logan named his real-life daughter Lily.)

  • Interesting. A good example of ‘if something isn’t working for you, try something else.’
    I do wish they’d had kickstarter for Firefly.
    I never saw Veronica Mars but I’d help spread the word about the project.
    Can you tweet me the link at louise3anne on twitter and I’ll RT it?

  • I have never seen Veronica Mars, I hope the project is successful! Just wanted to say you made my day with the Sloth Thing though….that is so funny and so cute, and I can totally relate!!

  • Thank you, so, so, so much for posting about this! I LOVED Veronica Mars and had lost all hope for a movie because it had been mentioned so many times but nothing ever came of it. I’m a backer and I can’t wait to see pledge amount skyrocket as more people find out.

  • I know nothing of the show, but wow, that’s ambitious and I hope it succeeds. (It’s at something close to 600k right now, so odds are looking good. Scratch that, it’s at 609k and goes up every time I look at it.) It could set a good example for other producers of cult classics to go out on a limb and give it a try. (Because c’mon, am I the only one that wants a Samurai Jack film?)

  • Wow! I took a look and it’s breached the $800k mark already. I hope this turns out excellently well for the fans. I’ve never seen the show, but listed as it is with those above… I will have to check it out. I echo the sentiment about Firefly (but, Fox would not have been as kind as WB is being with the rights – at least, that’s how their behavior has struck me).

  • Fantastic! Thanks for sharing this. I just contributed. And it’s well over $1M already. Very cool. As far as Firefly goes, it ain’t over ’til it’s over. Everyone involved wants to do more Firefly. Maybe an example like this will get them to take notice of a way to make it happen. (There was a whole “help nathan buy firefly” kerfuffle last year-ish that didn’t take but it was a crowdfunding thing.)

  • I actually saw this on Facebook and freaked out like a crazy person. I love Kristen Bell and Veronica Mars so much and it’s great that they are finding a way to fund it outside of the usual ways. Hopefully other TV shows that are being cancelled or already were will try this too.

  • It only took about ten hours but we are already at 2 million we needed, it’s a go!!!!! Just remember to keep donating so the movie can be even better.

  • Wow, I’ve never got around to checking out this show, but I’d happily kick in $10 or more just for the fact that you can get a copy of the shooting script. That’s really cool thing if you’re interested in writing for movies.

    Also, in my opinion the only way to “exploit” crowd-sourcing is to be dishonest about what you’re going to do with the money or if you make a plea for funds for something you never actually intend to do (i.e. commit actual fraud). I’ve always thought that those who argue otherwise are insulting the intelligence of the people who pledge their money to projects. People don’t need self-appointed arbiters of acceptable crowd-sourcing to protect them from themselves. Also, I don’t need those ass-hats deciding what is “indie” enough for me to be allowed to give them my money. Last I checked I earned it, and I’ll spend it how I please.

  • The Kickstarter is currently above the $2.5 million mark. It’s going pretty strong! I expect them to definitely hit $4 million before the project ends.

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