Veronica Mars was a relatively short-lived series from 2004-2007, but it nevertheless has become a big cult hit with viewers. The teen noir mystery drama had never really been done well before Veronica Mars, and the original run of the show still stands up after all these years. The whole Veronica Mars team got back together in 2014 for a fan-funded feature film, and the movie ended on a note that had the potential to launch more movies or a new show. Sadly, nothing happened. Now, star Kristen Bell has some encouraging words for fans who have been waiting for more Mars:
We are willing to put the effort in. I mean, if I have to do it as Murder She Wrote at 80, we're going to do it. It's going to happen.
So there we have it! Kristen Bell settled the question of whether more Veronica Mars could ever be on the way quite definitively. She wasn't able to say when we might be able to see Veronica and Co. back in action, but it's good to know that the enthusiasm is there from the leading lady. The Veronica Mars movie proved that Veronica can tackle mysteries as an adult with just as much snark, smarts, and sarcasm as she did in high school. It would be interesting to see more of Veronica as an adult. While the movie was fun, it didn't run for nearly long enough to give a look at how all the characters interact after so much time has passed. Sign me up for more Veronica Mars!
Of course, more Veronica Mars undoubtedly won't be easy for Kristen Bell and Co. Bell currently stars on the hit NBC sitcom The Good Place, and Veronica Mars can't happen without Veronica on hand. The whole team might need to wait for the opportune time to get back together and film another chapter in the Veronica Mars saga. The news from Kristen Bell comes courtesy of her Veronica Mars co-star Ryan Hansen, who was speaking with IndieWire on Facebook Live about his new series Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television. When asked about the future of Veronica Mars, he called up Kristen Bell for a status update, and Bell shared what she knew. She also had this to say:
You can't do two television shows at the same time. So we'd have to do like a miniseries. [Creator] Rob [Thomas] and I email about it every couple of months or so. And personally I think, and I think Rob probably agrees, is that a) we'll never make the fans pay for it again and b) the format works better as an episodic [series].
While crowdfunding via Kickstarter was obviously effective in raising the money for the Veronica Mars feature film, Kristen Bell is not looking to fund a miniseries the same way. All things considered, she and Rob Thomas might not need to turn to the fans to raise funds. The project gained a lot of attention when it began to break records on Kickstarter, and it was quantitative proof that there was an audience ready to watch. Throw in the fact that Kristen Bell is a bigger name than ever thanks to her work on the large and small screens alike, and the Veronica Mars team may find it much easier to get going this time around than previously.
Only time will tell. If you're in the mood for a Kristen Bell fix sooner than whenever Veronica Mars happens again, you can find her on Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC as star of The Good Place. Check out our fall TV guide for your other small screen options.