Veronica Mars movie could be a reality -- with your help

Kickstarter may finally send humans to Neptune. The humans in question, of course, would be the actors of Veronica Mars—along with the characters they portray, in the short-lived television series set in the fictional town of Neptune, California. Show creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell have launched a Kickstarter effort for The Veronica Mars Movie Project (funding through April 12), seeking $2 million to fund a movie based on the series.

The series followed the adventures of Bell as the titular character, as she weathered both high school and side gig as a private investigator. The movie would pick up, Thomas suggests, around the time of Mars’s 10-year high school reunion—with a Neptune murder in need of solving.

Backers can get perks like copies of the shooting script for the movie for as little as $10, that plus a t-shirt for $25, or both with a digital copy of the finished movie “within a few days of the movie’s theatrical debut” for $35. Rewards escalate quickly: Pony up $600 for a personalized video greeting from Kristen, or $5000 for a private screening in a theater near you. Some high-value rewards are all gone or nearly so, like opportunities to appear as a background extra in the movie, attend the premiere, or—for $10,000—get a single line in the film.

Confidence level

$2 million is a lot for a crowdfunded project, but given that it’s at almost $800,000 with a month to go, it seems likely that the Veronica Mars movie will fully fund. And if that happens, odds are good that the movie gets made: The actors have time on their schedules, Warner Brothers has agreed to handle distribution, and the production team involved knows how to make Hollywood-caliber content.

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