Who remembers Veronica Mars? Well Veronica Mars is an American television series created by screenwriter Rob Thomas. The series is set in the fictional town of Neptune, California, and stars Kristen Bell as the title character. The series premiered on September 22, 2004, and ended on May 22, 2007 much to a lot of fans dismay.
Veronica Mars is a student who progresses from high school to college while moonlighting as a private investigator under the tutelage of her detective father. In each episode, Veronica solves a different stand-alone case while working to solve a more complex mystery. The first two seasons of the series each had a season-long mystery arc, introduced in the first episode of the season and solved in the season finale. The third season took a different format, focusing on smaller mystery arcs that would last the course of several episodes.
Thomas initially wrote Veronica Mars as a young adult novel, which featured a male protagonist; he changed the gender because he thought a noir piece told from a female point of view would be more interesting and original.
Following the cancellation of the series, Thomas wrote a feature film script continuing the series. Warner Bros. opted not to fund the project at the time. On March 13, 2013, Kristen Bell and Thomas launched a fundraising campaign to produce the film through Kickstarter offering various incentives to those who donated $10 or more. They attained the $2 million goal in less than ten hours.
When Veronica Mars was almost finished, Warner Bros. Pictures came aboard and agreed to give the film a wider theatrical release in the United States. The film was released on March 14, 2014,with a majority of its showings held by AMC Theatres.In Australia there was a handful of “fan screenings” held at select Hoyts cinemas in each state. On this same day, the film also became available to rent and buy through video on demand and online platforms.Thus, Veronica Mars will be the first film distributed theatrically and for home viewing at the same time in the United States by one of Hollywood’s six major studios. The film is scheduled to be released in DVD and Blu-ray formats on May 6, 2014.
Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform. The company’s stated mission is to help bring creative projects to life.Kickstarter claims it has received over $1 billion in pledges from 5.7 million donors to fund 135,000 projects, such as films, music, stage shows, comics, journalism, video games, and food-related projects.
In its first day on Kickstarter, the project broke the record as the fastest project to reach first $1 million, then $2 million; it also achieved the highest minimal pledging goal achieved and was the largest successful film project on Kickstarter.On its final campaign day, the project broke the record for the most backers on a single Kickstarter project, previously held by the Double Fine Adventure.Afterwards, the film earned a greenlight from Warner Bros. Digital Distribution.
The Kickstarter campaign ended on April 13, with 91,585 donors raising $5,702,153.