BREAKING MOVIE NEWS
Veronica Mars may not be the eager-to-please brunette that Dick ordered, but she’s the persnickety blonde detective fans adored for three seasons and we’re happy to have her back. Among the most anticipated movies of 2014 is Veronica Mars, the feature followup to the beloved and unfortunately short-lived UPN/CW series.
There should be a little something for everyone in the coming year. And to help you plan out your movie-watching year, we singled out 14 titles we’re looking forward to in 2014, as well as a list of additional can’t-miss movies.
One of the numerous benefits of Veronica Mars getting a feature film follow-up is that it’ll not only allow Veronica to once again face off with her nemesis Madison Sinclair, but because the film isn’t bound by the FCC guidelines that dictate content for network television, Veronica can say things like, “Let me try looking like I think you’re an asshole."
Since the successful Kickstarter campaign for the Veronica Mars movie wrapped up, we’ve known that the film would arrive sometime in 2014, but up until today, we didn’t know the exact date. Ahoy Pirates and Marshmallows alike, set your calendars for March 14, 2014, as that’s when Veronica Mars will be arriving in theaters.
Dick and Veronica forever! (DiVe?) Ok, probably not, but let’s all applaud the final moments of the above featurette for entertaining the thought. Alas, Veronica Mars isn’t an eager-to-please brunette. But she is a super-smart private eye, and exactly the kind of person you’d want to go to if you were wanted for murder, which appears to be the case for Logan Echolls. And that brings us to one of the actual points of the unresolved Veronica Mars
Given that a lot of us helped pay for the upcoming Veronica Mars movie, it only makes sense that we get a look at what's in store even while the movie is shooting. And while the attendees at the movie's Comic-Con panel yesterday actually got face time with the cast, the five-minute preview for the film that showed in Hall H is now available for the rest of us to see above.
Veronica Mars is getting a movie! That's not news, I know. But it's still exciting, and today in Hall H at Comic-Con, the cast and director (series creator) Rob Thomas will convene to answer questions and show us some exclusive footage. We also expect to hear details about the production, which is already underway, following the successful Kickstarter campaign that gave the cancelled series new life.
Veronica Mars creator has been doing an impressive job re-wrangling the show's far-flung cast six years after its cancellation for its long hoped for movie. Unfortunately, Leighton Meester, who played classmate Carrie Bishop in a pair of episodes, won't be back for the Veronica Mars movie, though her character will be.
Franco and a small list of other celebrities will feature into the film as victims of hidden camera scams. In the movie, celebrity houses are being broken into and cameras are set up to record private moments - with the tapes then being sold online.
All of the skeptics were wrong: the Veronica Mars movie is actually happening. Following the series' cancellation after its third season, creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell kept hope alive by staying positive about the idea of a film based on the private eye show, but for years Warner Bros. had absolutely no interest in it. But then the Kickstarter happened. Thomas took to the crowdfunding website and asked fans to contribute to the making of a dream.
As you may have surmised by the latest video, though it's a lot more subtle than Marino's Party Down co-star Ryan Hansen's announcement video, Ken Marino is on board for the Veronica Mars movie! This is cause to celebrate for those of us who had Vinnie Van Lowe high on our list of characters we wanted to see reprised in the Kickstarted Veronica Mars movie.
Well, Ryan Hansen sure does know how to make an announcement. Since he appeared in the original video for the Veronica Mars movie Kickstarter campaign, we sort of figured there was a good chance Hansen would be on board to appear in the film, reprising his role as the lovably douchey Dick Casablancas, however his casting had not yet officially been announced.
Before she was the titular "B" in Apartment 23 and Jesse Pinkman's girlfriend Jane in Breaking Bad, Krysten Ritter played the recurring role of Gia Goodman in the second season of Veronica Mars. A little bit flaky and a lot adorable, Ritter's Gia brought style and some much needed perkiness to Season 2, in addition to being an in for Veronica to snoop around Steve Guttenberg's Woody Goodman when the need arose.
Three more actors have officially signed on for the Veronica Mars movie. And those who've seen the original series should be familiar enough with their characters. The first is Brandon Hillock, who played Deputy Sacks. Next up is Kevin Sheridan, who played Sean Friedrich, and the last is Jonathan Chesner, who was known affectionately by his fellow Neptune High students as Corny.
Majorino's character Mac was Veronica's closest female friend in the original series. She's offers the perfect blend of dry wit and tech-savviness to be of service to Veronica on both a professional and personal level. As has been the case with pretty much all the casting news that's come down the pipeline for this film so far, there's no word on what Mac will be up to when the film picks up, but it's comforting to know she'll be making an appearance in the film.
These days, Sam Huntington can be found on the Syfy channel, battling his growly inner urges as a werewolf on the U.S. remake of Being Human, but once upon a time, about five minutes (give or take a year or two) before he played Jimmy Olsen in Superman Returns, he appeared in Veronica Mars. He reunited with Kristen Bell years later for Fanboys and it looks like he'll be reuniting with her again on the big screen...
The last couple of days have brought a flurry of news on the Veronica Mars movie-front, some random and some less random but no less fantastic. As the video above indicates, Percy Daggs III has signed on to reprise his role as Wallace Fennel, Veronica's best friend and occasional accomplice from Neptune High. Their friendship carried over into college in Season 3.
Who's your daddy! It's impossible to envision Veronica Mars without Enrico Colantoni and his character Keith Mars. Unlike some teen dramas, which feature parents as little more than background props or devices used to set some general boundaries for the teen characters' lives, Keith Mars was a major influence in Veronica's life and their relationship was a piece of the heart of the story.
Said Thomas after the record was broken, "We did it! We did it! This is amazing! You all are amazing! My phone is vibrating non-stop. This is so much fun!" The showrunner then joked to fans that he may stop the Kickstarter when it reaches 90909 backers (a reference to the fictional zip code that the rich kid characters of the show reside in).
Among the recent updates to the Veronica Mars movie Kickstarter page is the announcement that the project managed to cross the $5 million mark. With just one day left to go in the Kickstarter campaign, the film is very close to breaking the record for most supporters on a single Kickstarter project. Those fans who want to be a part of that, and have their name on the movie's official website as well need only to pledge $1.