The beloved Veronica Mars opened last night to a gathering of fans celebrating the long time anticipated reunion, all at the annual PaleyFest TV festival last night at the Dolby Theater in the heart of Hollywood.
The franchises creator Rob Thomas let loose on his ambitions for the franchise finally telling fans that the motion picture recreation of the series will not be the end for Veronica Mars, well knowingly portrayed by other PaleyFest panel member Kristen Bell. Also in attendance was Enrico Colantoni better known as Keith Mars alongside most of the leading cast from the film which premiered just days ago at the South By Southwest Film Festival on March 8th. Although there was no sign of the James Franco at the fest for his humiliated celebrity role in the film as himself.
The panel at the fest unexpectedly opened with an hour-long documentary of the making of the film giving attendees an exclusive look behind-the-scenes, the all access doc is entitled “By The Fans: The Making of the Veronica Mars Movie” and is most likely going to be added to the special features upon the films hoem release.
The highlights from the panel have been transcribed for all you marshmallows out there, just below.
One of the main highlights of the evening was when creator Rob Thomas talked about a digital series continuation saying “The idea of a Netflix or Amazon order excites me to no end, I would love it. I would love to be able to do the R-rated version of ‘Veronica Mars.’ I would love to tell some darker stories. It’s a noir show, Veronica’s an adult now. I would certainly listen to that. Hopefully, people would line up for that as well.” If this does develop in the future it will be more likely to be a collaboration with Amazon on it well known Prime service given that they already stream all three seasons of the series unlike Netflix which removed the show from it streaming service a while back.
Talking about the how they managed to get film off the ground and what they had to prove Kristen Bell said “We did both things that we needed to do simultaneously, We needed to prove that there was an audience, because it was a bit unbelievable that there was a rabid fan base for a show that had been on the air seven years ago. And we needed someone to finance the film. So, I thought Thomas was as brilliant as ever.” Talking about the Kickstarter backers Kristen Bell continued onward to say “We’re all clear as to how and why this film got made: Fans forked over money. We’re not flippant about that. That’s fucking radical.”
Thomas then went on to say “We were ready to go, We had been talking to Warner Bros. for some time and then it went away all of a sudden. They had second thoughts at the studio and so we had to sit on it for a long time. Six months of me sort of wallowing in my depression ended when I got a call from my agent saying, You’re not going to believe this, but Warner Bros. is backing this idea. You’re back on the right track.’ And then we had a shot again.” Thomas also continued to say that he was glad he didn’t release the film using online sites and that he went to Warner Bros to get the picture made he also said later on in the panel that there are chances for a sequel coming along in the future given the films radical success on both Kickstarter and at the Box Office.
One of the other highlights of the night was when the cast were asked what shows they would support a Kickstarter campaign for Thomas said “Freaks and Geeks” the one series teen comedy-drama television show aired in late 1999 and has been well known as being a must watch for fans of the Veronica Mars series.
The final and sweetest highlight of the night was when Thomas said to the fans that he wanted “to thank the fans of Veronica Mars for making this happen again, You are the best fans in the world. You have been put to the test. You all stepped up in such a huge and unbelievable way and we’re so grateful for that.”
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