Francis Capra, Julie Gonzalo, Percy Daggs III, Chris Lowell, Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring, Ryan Hansen, Tina Majorino, and Michael Muhney in "Veronica Mars" Season 3.
At long last, the cult-favorite TV show "Veronica Mars" is making the leap to the big screen … if creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell can raise $2 million from fans on Kickstarter.
It's been more than five years since the smart, sassy teen detective series said farewell. Since then, Thomas and Bell have teased the possibility of a follow-up film, but the prospect seemed unlikely, since the series was so low-rated on UPN and The CW.
But fans never gave up hope, and neither did Bell.
"We all became so close, and the cancellation of the show left a huge hole in my heart," she told Entertainment Weekly. "I would have put on 'Veronica Mars: The Circus' to bring it back."
She can hold off on trapeze training for now since Thomas has come up with a novel plan: Raise $2 million in 30 days on Kickstarter, the crowdsourcing site. If they reach that goal, Warner Bros. will chip in the money for marketing, promotion, and distribution.
So far (as of 2:40 PM ET), fans had pledged over $918,000. An excited Bell tweeted:
If the goal is met, the low-budget movie would film this summer and be released in spring 2014, first in theaters and then on digital platforms.
On the Kickstarter page, Thomas revealed that Veronica has taken a hiatus from solving cases, but "something big is about to bring her back home and back to her calling." And we can expect a lot of familiar faces, since it'll be time for Neptune High's 10-year high school reunion.
As a fun teaser, the page also features a tongue-in-cheek short video with "Veronica Mars" cast members Bell, Ryan Hansen, Jason Dohring, and Enrico Colantoni. (Watch it above in Bell's tweet.)
"This is our shot. I believe it's the only one we've got," Thomas wrote. "It's nerve-wracking. I suppose we could fail in spectacular fashion, but there's also the chance that we completely revolutionize how projects like ours can get made. No Kickstarter project ever has set a goal this high."