Thursday, April 25, 2013

Retired television series returns on the big screen

By Kelsey Mejlaender, Copy Editor
Sometimes a TV show comes along that redefines the definition of quality entertainment, but the network gods still banish the show from television screens.
Highly sensitive to ratings, networks seem to enjoy crushing shows that have a smaller, but extremely avid group of fans.
Far too often, shows are canceled in the middle of their stories, and the audience is not given any resolution.

To rectify this situation, many producers have managed to film movies to tie up the loose ends: think "Serenity," which wrapped up Joss Whedon’s — "The Avengers" director — one-season show "Firefly."
In the case of the three-season show "Veronica Mars," that promise for a movie has taken six years, the financial support of fans and many broken records.
The show, which ran from 2004-07, follows title character Veronica from her junior year of high school through her first year of college. A teen with a former sheriff turned private investigator (P.I.) father, Veronica is practically a P.I. herself.
In each episode she solves a mystery for someone, usually a fellow student, in exchange for money she adds to her college fund.
Each season also has longer mystery arcs, the first focusing on the mystery of who killed Veronic's best friendLily Kane, played by Amanda Seyfried.
Veronica, brilliantly portrayed by Kristen Bell, is a hilarious and clever character with a fresh supply of witty insults and Smart Alec responses to every situation she encounters.
The show began on UPN, and concluded its final season on UPN’s successor, the CW. Every episode can be viewed online for free via the WB’s website — though seasons one and three are only alternately available.
Bell and show runner Rob Thomas had long campaigned for a movie to complete the story, but in the end, success lay with the fans themselves. Thomas turned to Kickstarter, a website that sets up a funding platform for people’s creative projects.
In the one-month fundraising window from March 13 to April 12, "The ‘Veronica Mars’ Movie Project" swiftly broke a handful of the website’s records, including fastest project to reach $2 million and the highest-funded film project at more than $5.7 million. Their original goal was $2 million.
Backers will receive prizes based on how much they donated. These range from t-shirts to copies of the DVD once the movie is made, to personalized greetings from the stars of the movie.
The movie’s plotline will take place about 10 years after the completion of the events of season three. Thomas said it will be made accessible to new fans who haven’t seen the series.
The story is subject to change, but so far it sounds like Veronica will be returning home for both her 10-year high school reunion and to help solve another mystery.
Her former flame — the rich, bad boy Logan Echolls — is accused of murdering his pop star girlfriend and asks for Veronica's help clearing his name.
Fans of the popular couple — LoVe — can rejoice, as this favored pairing will probably find old feelings resurface.
Logan, portrayed by Jason Dohring, will not be the only old character from the show to feature in the movie.
Veronica’s father, Keith, her best friends Wallace Fennell and Cindy "Mac" Mackenzie, plus sometime-friend Eli "Weevil" Nevarro will all appear in the movie.
This film might not even be the last fans see of the spunky Veronica. Thomas has suggested the movie may end open to further sequels or a Netflix series.
The "Veronica Mars" movie begins shooting this summer, and the release date is set for early 2014.