Veronica Mars, the low-rated but loved-by-its-ardent-fans television program, returns as a big-screen feature film Friday. And it couldn’t have done it without you.
Or more specifically, it couldn’t have done it without the 91,585 Kickstarter backers, who pledged $5,702,153 that might otherwise have been wasted on food, shelter, or charity so that a TV program that last aired seven years ago could return in movie form. And while opinion on the finished product may vary—”a film noir detective story that works for both devotees of the series and the uninitiated,” raves USA Today, “feels less like an actual movie… and more like an endless panel assembled for Comic-Con,” sniffs Variety—you can’t deny that Veronica Mars was a very successful crowdfunding campaign.
But it’s not the most successful. With Veronica Mars now arriving in theaters and Video On Demand, let's take a look at other projects that went out to the crowd, hat in hand, and came back rolling in pledges.