Veronica Mars Movie Will Probably Be PG-13, More Plot Spoilers Emerge

By Kelly West 2013-03-20 15:37:18discussion comments
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When Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas set up a Kickstarter page in the hopes of funding a follow-up film for the UPN/CW series last week, he set the goal for two million dollars, in the hopes of hitting that number or surpassing it within the 30-day time frame. The goal was met in less than half a day, and while pledges aren't rolling in nearly as fast as they were on that first day, the total is currently over $3,700,000, nearly twice the original goal. With the film set to move forward, we're left to speculate over the plot. We know the movie will center on a mystery, but what's become clear already is that the film itself won't be shrouded in secrecy.

Thomas has already said that it'll be an open shoot and there will be plenty of tweets and pictures posted to keep fans in the loop on the film they're helping make possible. We've already heard some spoilery plot details about what's planned for the movie, and today TVLine has posted a few more.

Spoiler alert: It's at this point that you want to stop reading if you don't want to know anything about the plot of the movie!

It was previously reported that the film would take place a decade after the series wrapped up. Fresh out of Columbia Law school, Veronica is called back to Neptune to help Logan out when his pop star girlfriend is killed. Of course, he's the prime suspect in the case. TVLine got some additional information from Thomas on the plot. Veronica did, in fact, transfer from Hearst to Standford, which you may recall, is where she was originally hoping to attend, but she ended up going to the more affordable Hearst. After college, she headed off to the East Coast for law school. She left private investigations behind at the end of Season 3, after her involvement in breaking into the Kane mansion (and Keith's efforts to cover up the evidence) cost her father the Neptune Sheriff election.

Thomas says Veronica has graduated from law school but has yet to take the bar. She's dating someone, but Thomas refused to say if that person is an existing character or someone new. If it has to be someone from the series, I'd like to nominate Leo (Max Greenfield). He never really got a fair shot and he was so adorable. Of course, many will likely be rooting for Veronica and Logan to end up together, which may just happen. But Thomas says the two characters haven't seen each other in nine years.

In sadder news, it sounds like Backup has gone to doggy heaven. It's a matter of math on that one. "Most 100lb dogs, they get 7 or 8 years of life," Thomas said, when discussing the odds of Backup still being alive a decade or so later. "It would strain credulity if the same Backup were still alive.” RIP Backup! On the bright side, while the Mars family dog won't be around, it sounds like Keith and Veronica's relationship will be featured prominently, which is a major plus.

Thomas is aiming for a PG-13 rating, and it also sounds like he's looking to set the film up to be open to people who haven't seen the series. So we shouldn't expect ghost visits from Lilly or a lot of references to past 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," said Thomas. "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." That is presumably the call from Logan, but he doesn't specify that, so it's possible he's still tinkering with that side of the plot.

That's certainly a lot to go on. I'm curious to know if Vinnie Van Lowe (Ken Marino) is the current Sheriff. And if Veronica decides to pursue law, maybe she'll take the bar in California and join Cliff's (Daran Norris) practice. Who better to serve Neptune's non-elite as a public defender than Veronica Mars?
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