The best parts of Comic Con usually require varying combinations of patience, planning and persistence. A little luck goes a long way too. Using a little bit of all of those, I found myself on a very short list of people admitted into (and allowed to photograph) the Veronica Mars after party on Friday night.
A few days ago, I was fortunate enough to receive a mass invitation to Samsung’s Veronica Mars after party. It promised that some of the cast and creators would be on hand, celebrating the successful Kickstarter campaign that funded a feature film (to be released in 2014).
After a Hall H panel and a fan gathering for those who contributed to the Kickstarter, the cast (including Kristen Bell, Ryan Hansen, Chris Lowell, Enrico Colantoni, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring and show creator Rob Thomas) made their way to the Samsung Galaxy Experience on 6th Avenue.
The Samsung lounge is a cool area showcasing their latest technology with some fun applications on those gadgets. To order drinks at the bar, you had to navigate through pictures of cocktails on display phones and send your request to the bartender. While that didn’t really seem any easier than just asking a bartender for a drink, I won’t complain if the booze is free.
After about 45 minutes of waiting around and texting pictures of margaritas to the bartender, I got a little bored and wandered toward the front door. It turned out to be perfect timing since that was the exact moment the cast arrived. People were ushered toward the back of the lounge while the two staff photographers moved into position at the red carpet. I stood as close to the main photographer as I could and started fiddling with my camera, trying to look like I belonged there. Kristen Bell walked over and started fielding questions, and no one ever asked me to leave. One staff person did ask if I was with a media outlet or just a fan to which I replied “I’m with Nerd Bastards.” It was as simple as that.
[Editor’s Note: See? Say our name, and you’ll get results. Hit the jump for Shawn’s full gallery of images from Samsung’s Veronica Mars after party red carpet. And if you haven’t already, read up on what went down at their panel and watch the latest trailer for the Veronica Mars movie!]
With it now being fairly obvious that the Veronica Mars movie is a done deal, as least so far as getting it a greenlight, it’s now time to talk about what we can expect from the story, and you know what that means…
Michael Ausiello of TV Line got the inside track on some serious spoilers for the upcoming film, so if you don’t want to be spoiled, may I suggest averting your eyes in –
There are spoilers from here on out.
So to confirm what’s previously been suspected, at least a portion of the plot will take place at the tenth anniversary reunion of Veronica and her classmates at Neptune High. As you may or may not know, the series ended with Veronica finishing her first year of college, and her father Keith (Enrico Colantoni) simultaneously facing a vote to officially confirm him as sheriff as well as facing charges of evidence tampering after he covered up some of his daughter’s P.I. activities. So what’s Veronica been up to in the near-decade since the end of the series?
“She transferred away from Hearst college after that freshman year and went up to Stanford and finished her undergraduate degree. And then she went to Columbia Law School. She’s certainly been back to Neptune from time to time to see her dad and Mac and Wallace, but she hasn’t worked a PI case since the last one we all saw in the final episode of season 3. She ruined her dad’s chance for re-election and she decided that that path had caused too much chaos in her life.
“And so she hasn’t worked a PI case in nine years. And when we meet her, she’s sort of like where Tom Cruise was in the beginning of The Firm. She’s between having graduated and taken the bar and she’s interviewing at various law firms in New York.”
Well, good for her. Of course fans hoping that Veronica would go on to be an FBI agent, like in the proposed season 4 concept, will be disappointed.
Also a disappointment to fans is the news that Veronica is with someone else at the start of the movie, someone who’s not long-time beau Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring) who she hasn’t even seen in nearly nine years.
Thomas reveals that Veronica “is dating someone” at the start of the movie, but he declines to say whether her suitor is an existing character or someone new. He does, however, rule out her ex Logan, whom “she hasn’t seen in nine years.”
How about mythology? Is this a movie that’s going to appeal to fans-only, or is the aim to bring in a larger audience.
In an effort to make new fans feel welcome in the Mars-verse, “I want to avoid getting deep into the Veronica Mars mythology,” says Thomas. As a result, “We’re not going to get ghost visits from Lilly, as much as I joked about having Amanda Seyfried in it. We’re not going to get into Veronica’s backlog of cases. I want to make the movie accessible for people who haven’t watched Veronica Mars before. All you need to know is that Veronica was a teenage private eye and she’s given it up. And there will be a moment early in the movie that will bring her back to Neptune and make her give being a private detective one more shot.”
What else do we know about the Veronica Mars movie? Here’s some details from around the ‘net.
-Of all the characters that might be back, there’s one confirmed death: the Mars’ beloved dog Back-Up. “If you do the math, that’s a big dog to still be alive 13 years later,” notes Thomas. “Most 100lb dogs, they get 7 or 8 years of life. It would strain credulity if the same Backup were still alive.”
-Colantoni will take part in more than cameo, Thomas says, Keith will have a significant role in the film.
-The central mystery of the film involves death of Logan’s pop star girlfriend, and Logan is implicated in her death. Veronica is then called back to action to investigate, and not for the first time that Veronica’s been called in to save her ex-boyfriend’s ass from legal trouble, and not the first time from being accused of murder either.
-Thomas is aiming for a PG-13 rating.
–Percy Daggs III, who played Veronica’s best friend and frequent sleuthing partner Wallace Fennell, told TMZ that he’s “100% down” to return, as is Francis Capra, who told a Reddit AMA that he’s willing to return as reformed biker gangbanger Eli “Weevil” Navarro. As well, Thomas told E! Online that New Girl star Max Greenfield will reprise his role as former Neptune Deputy and current San Diego detective Leo. Krysten Ritter (Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23) tweeted that she would also like to have a part in the film, but her character was pretty tied to one the central mysteries of season two, so we’ll put her down as a maybe.
As for the ultimate spoiler, how it all ends, Thomas had this to offer:
“Veronica will survive the movie,” declares Thomas. “I can’t promise anyone else does though. But there will be an opportunity for Veronica do to her thing again.” As in a sequel? A 10-episode Season 4 on Netflix? “I’d be lying if I didn’t say I didn’t think of those things,” admits Thomas. “I am hopeful it is the birth of [much more] Veronica Mars.”
Presently, the Veronica Mars Kickstarter has nearly $4 million collected and just over half a month left till its over. The film is slated to begin production sometime this summer for a 2014 release.
More news as it develops.
Source: Screen Rant