With all the recent 80s and 90s nostalgia in movies and television, it’s only a matter of time for studios to go digging in the crates for the potential of polishing their existing franchises. With the 30th anniversary of The Lost Boys coming next year, it’s only a matter of time for us to once again revisit The Frog Brothers from the 1987 vampire horror comedy. There were talks of a fourth movie (who knew there were 2 direct to video sequels?) way back when, but it never came to fruition. Now it looks like the classic film will get the reboot treatment on the small screen.
Two shows, both based on comic books. One is new, and one is just finishing its first season. One was the subject of a fierce bidding war, and one seemed far from a sure thing. One will air on a network best known for crime shows your mom watches, and one might as well change its call sign to DC at this point. But together, it’s good news all around for Supergirl andiZombie. Both shows, based on DC Comics properties, will be premiering and renewed for the 2015/16 TV season respectively, further solidifying the current emphasis in the TV universe of shows based on comic books. (more…)
It seems like only yesterday that the Veronica Marsfan-base so frantically donated to Kickstarter that writer/director Rob Thomas managed to exceed his fundraising goal for a movie based on his beloved cult series in a mere 10 hours. Actually, it was a year ago, and next week the actual film resulting from that record-smashing crowd-sourcing effort will premiere at South By Southwest before heading to theaters and VOD. But wait, you’re the kind of fan that just can’t occupy yourself for another couple of weeks? You want your Veronica Mars now, you say? How about the first 2 minutes and 17 seconds of the film? Scroll on down… (more…)
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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.
The creator (Rob Thomas), star (Kristen Bell), and others cast members of the Veronica Marsmovie, thanks to a Kickstarter that went viral and was fully funded ($2 Million) in 10 hours, held their SDCC 2013 panel in the infamous Hall H. They brought along a great video that laid out the Kickstarter campaign, some on set shenanigans, and the first trailer for the movie. There’s even some of the premium Kickstarter fund-ers on set to take their place in Veronica Mars history. Make sure you watch it through to the end, it’s worth it
During the panel there were a lot of questions about the Kickstarter campaign. When asked about his big dreams for Veronica Mars, Thomas said:
I want this to be a franchise, I hope we make a ton of money on this movie, and we get to do it through the normal channels. If we’re a huge hit, I’m not sure Kickstarter is meant to fund huge hits.
Take a look at the video below and let us know what you think about the project. Will you be buying a theater ticket?
With it now being fairly obvious that the Veronica Marsmovie 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.
Considering that Rob Thomas’ Kickstarter campaign for a Veronica Mars movie met its minimum goal of $2 million in about 12 hours, it should hardly come as a surprise that others now might want to follow in his example.
Enter Zachary Levi, the former star of the NBC series Chuck, the spy-fy rom-com that wrapped last season after sputtering five years on the air built mostly through the engagement of fans. That’s the kind of fanaticism that can translate into real dollars, dollars that can be used to fund, say, a Chuck movie?
Let’s go to Levi live on Twitter:
So the gauntlet’s been tossed down. Does Chuck co-creator Josh Schwartz have anything to add?
There’s the rub. Veronica Mars, what was essentially a weekly noir detective story set in high school, is way easier (read: cheaper) to produce than something like Chuck, which would require it’s fair share of high- octane action sequences. I assume Schwartz was joking about the CG beard for Morgan, but a Chuck movie would need some serious cash to be “kickstarted.”
What do you think Bastards? Could the money be raised to make a Chuck movie a reality? Would you take part? Sound off below.
UPDATE: The Kickstarter hit it’s goal in just under nine hours yesterday, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t help out. Rob Thomas said that any overages on the original appeal page:
Keep in mind that the more money we raise, the cooler movie we can make. A two million dollar fundraising total probably means cross words are exchanged at the class reunion. Three million? We can afford a full-on brawl. Ten million? Who knows… For some reason the Neptune High class reunion takes place on a nuclear submarine! A Hobbit shows up! There’s a Bollywood end-credit dance number! I’ve always wanted to direct Bill Murray. We’ll figure out something cool. Hey, if that total goes high enough, I’ll bet the good folks at Warner Bros. will agree a sequel is a good idea.
Who knows, we might get a trilogy out of this.
Veronica Mars fans are having their own Serenity moment with the announcement of the Veronica Mars Movie Kickstarter Campaign. The campaign was started this morning by the series creator Rob Thomas and has at last check, exceeded $800,000. Persistent fan questions since the series was canceled have culminated in this movement to cloud fund the project.
The video announcing the Kickstarter is one of the best I’ve seen, capturing the feel of the series, entertaining long time fans while intriguing new comers to check out the series. Take a look and met me on the other side.
What would the Veronica Mars story we see in the movie be about? Thomas dropped us some hints:
Life has taken Veronica away from Neptune. In the years since spoiling Keith’s chances to be reelected sheriff, Veronica hasn’t taken a case. But something big is about to bring her back home and back to her calling. My goal is to include as many of your favorite characters as possible. It is, after all, time for Veronica’s 10-year high school reunion.
Kristen Bell had a message for fans and possible contributors:
A Message from Kristen:
I am currently the happiest blonde in a hamster ball the world has ever seen. We have been waiting so long to make this movie dream a movie reality, and it’s because of YOUR commitment, YOUR persistence, that we finally have a chance. We just have one more step to go.
You have banded together like the sassy little honey badgers you are and made this possibility happen. i promise if we hit our goal, we will make the sleuthiest, snarkiest, it’s-all-fun-and-games-‘til-one-of-you-gets-my-foot-up-your-ass movie we possibly can.
I promise to give it my all. i promise to work my hardest to give everyone a little bit more Veronica, and i will be oh so honored to do so.
I only ask for one thing in return.
If I ever die, do me a favor. Go on Oprah and tell the world that I loved kittens.
What do you think? Everything points towards fully funding the project quickly and most likely they’ll start filming later this summer. Head over to the Kickstarter page linked above and see what your donation could get you and for any new updates on the project.