Just as I finish writing about Channel 4's "Fresh Meat" series making its way to theaters comes news of a rejuvenated effort to bring a cancelled-too-soon series to the big screen.
Ever since The CW's cult mystery series "Veronica Mars" was cancelled in 2007, creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell have kept the rumor mills churning of a potential follow-up for the character. First came a potential pilot which would find the titular Mars fresh from high school and pursuing a career with the FBI which never quite got off the ground. Since then, Thomas has kicked around the idea of a big screen adaptation to reunite the ensemble cast for one final mystery.
Today, Thomas and Bell launched a Kickstarter campaign in an effort to raise funds to independently finance the low-budget reunion of Veronica, Wallace, Logan, Mac, and P.I. poppa Keith. If a $2 million goal can be reached in 30 days, Warner Bros Digital Distribution has agreed pick up the tab for marketing, promotion and limited theater and on-demand distribution.
"I have never fallen so deeply in love with a character," Bell told Entertainment Weekly in a recent interview. "We all became so close, and the cancellation of the show left a huge hole in my heart. I would have put on Veronica Mars: The Circus to bring it back."
Rewards for pledges range from a digital version of the film and the shooting script for lower end donations, to a movie poster signed by the cast, even a part in the film for the paltry sum of just $10,000. Check out the full pledge rewards listing, as well as an awesome promotional video, at the official Kickstarter page for the film. UPDATE: the $10,000 donation/speaking role has been taken. You snooze you lose, suckers.
This seems like a no-brainer way to finally get this film made, as fans of the series are on par with "Arrested Development" fans in their clamoring for more adventures with the beloved characters. Will you be chipping in to visit the kids from Neptune once again?