Listen up, Marshmallow Nation, because all of that hard-earned money you contributed to the 'Veronica Mars' Kickstarter campaign last year ($5.7 million to be exact) is finally earning some exciting results. During an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, creator/director Rob Thomas revealed that Warner Bros. will release the movie — simply titled 'Veronica Mars' — on March 14, 2014.
This date is highly significant not only because it falls on Pi Day (a nod to all chemistry enthusiasts or pie eaters in general), but also because it's almost exactly a year after its original Kickstarter launch, which took place on March 13, 2013. What a great way to celebrate its one year anniversary!
And it appears that this particular day has actually been in the works for awhile now. “Warner Bros. had this date circled for quite some time and hoped it would stay open,” Thomas explains to the site. “Luckily, no other teen detective movie decided to open in the middle of March.” We couldn't agree more.
Originally, the distribution plan was to give the film a limited engagement run in just a few cities before allowing it to become more widely available via video on demand and other digital platforms. However, Thomas now confirms that the studio wants to give the movie a wider, nationwide release and let the marketplace decide how long it should stay in theaters.
“We’re not going to dribble it out there,” remarks Thomas, who impressively shot the movie in a mere 23 days this past summer. As of now, he is currently in the process of finishing the special effects and putting together a soundtrack.
Thomas also reports that a recent test audience screening has already earned quite a bit of positive feedback. “There are smart ways to do a movie of this size — and we chose none of them,” Thomas jokes. “We are a low budget movie with big set pieces and 60 speaking roles. A murder mystery in a house would have been more cost effective. But I think we have managed to pull it off.”
Set ten years after the events of the TV series, Neptune's favorite sleuth, Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell), heads back to her hometown to once again come to the aid of her former flame, Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring), who has been accused of killing his pop star girlfriend.
Other original cast members are slated to return, including Enrico Colantoni as Veronica’s father, as well as Tina Majorino and Percy Daggs III, as Veronica’s best friends Mac and Wallace.
Are you excited to see the 'Veronica Mars' gang up on the silver screen? How many times do you think you'll go see it? Also, is it March yet?
And just for fun, here's a behind-the-scenes look at the film that was released at Comic-Con. Get pumped, people!