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Kickstarter-funded 'Veronica Mars' movie gets official green light

Warner Bros. will not contribute any extra funds

By Kate Erbland Mar 17, 2013 8:04PM

Fans of long-cancelled television series "Veronica Mars" have had an exciting few days when it came to finally getting a movie version of the beloved Kristen Bell-starring, teenage detective-focused show to the big screen, as creator Rob Thomas launched a crowd-funded Kickstarter campaign to finance a film earlier this week that hit its goal (two million dollars) in less than a day. After fully funding in less than twelve hours, the project's Kickstarter haul only continues to grow, and The Wrap reports that both Thomas and Bell will add more prizing options to their rewards, so that the final numbers should end up being much higher than the originally-set two million. (As of this posting, the project still has 26 days to go and has made over 3.6 million dollars from nearly fifty-five thousand "backers.") 

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Of course, with so much support (and, this time around, support of the all-important financial variety), the studio behind the project really has no choice but to approve the feature. The Wrap also reports that Warner Bros. has given the official green light to the feature, though an insider holds that "the film's production budget will come entirely from the money it raised on Kickstarter and won't include any additional funding from the studio." Warner Bros. Digital Distribution will, however, pay for the film's actual distribution and marketing.

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Thomas plans to film the project this summer for a limited theatrical release sometime in 2014, with a VOD and home video release to follow.

If you're a fan of the original series, or are just looking to catch up on the television show that everyone is (still) talking about, Indiewire (via /Film) reports that the first two seasons of "Veronica Mars" are currently streaming at for free. The final third season of the show is not (yet?) available for free, but can be rented on Amazon or iTunes.

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