Earlier today we got an update from writer Rob Thomas on his continued interest in making a Veronica Mars movie. In the write-up of his comments, Katey mentioned that I said I thought the film could work and I’m sticking to that. A movie based on the teen/young-adult character who attends school by day and moonlights as a private detective is certainly a workable concept.
The question of whether or not a film could work is relatively moot though. Almost any great TV show could be adapted to a film and a worth-watching one at that if its done right. We saw a prime example of that in Serenity, the big screen off-shoot of Joss Whedon’s brilliant but shortlived scifi-drama Firefly. Serenity was a great movie. Unfortunately, not many people went to see it. Even with all of the Browncoats petitioning and enthusiasm for the project, the buzz wasn’t enough to generate numbers at the box office. If Serenity couldn’t do it, what are the odds that Veronica Mars could? Not very good and I’m guessing the studios will see it that way. But that’s not really a good argument over whether or not the movie should get made. After all, we’re not the studios or anyone else involved in making money off the potential film. We’re the viewers.
Season 3 was something of a disaster in many respects. Whether it was The CW’s interference that resulted in the shredding of everything that was once great about the show or perhaps Veronica Mars’ couldn’t handle the growing pains that come with the jump from high school to college as many other teen-drama-series have suffered from. I’m looking at you, Beverly Hills, 90210. (And Boy Meets World, I can see you trying to hide behind Saved By The Bell over there).
The grief period for Veronica Mars is over for me, for the most part. I loved the show but I’m content to put it to rest and enjoy it on DVD whenever I get the hankering for Veronica’s witty comebacks and quick-thinking detective work. I’m also content to tell myself imagine that Logan and Veronica drifted back into each other’s lives as we all (well, a lot of us, anyway) hoped they would. So perhaps its better that the show is put to rest. I should also admit that after the mess that was season 3, if a movie were to get made, I’d be afraid the studio interference would do to the story what I think the CW did to the show (twisting it up and messing with the format in an attempt to cater to what they think viewers wanted and in the process, dismantling everything that made the show so great). Call it pessimism. Call it realism. I guess I’m just having a hard time picturing the best case scenario here.
It would be great to see Thomas putting together something new for the big screen that included some or all of the cast from VM. For right now, the closest thing we have to that is the excellent Party Down on Starz (Season 2 premieres later this month!), which not only features Ryan Hansen and Ken Marino (Dick Casablancas and Vinnie Van Lowe) as series regulars but also included guest appearances by Enrico Colantoni (Keith Mars) and Kristen Bell herself. A film that could bring the cast back together in a new story (a comedy, perhaps or a suspense thriller) might work much better than a Veronica Mars movie.
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