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Kristen Bell Would Finance a 'Veronica Mars' Film ... If Warner Bros. Lets Her

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 23rd 2010 4:30PM
Kristen BellGood news! Kristen Bell wants to finance a 'Veronica Mars' film. Bad News! Warner Bros. won't release the film rights.

Bell, series creator Rob Thomas and a small army of fans have campaigned for a film since the show's cancellation in 2007, but Warner Bros. has been the reluctant party.

"It's a business and the sad truth is that ... they're not going to relinquish the rights to something and let us do it," Bell told the The Hollywood Reporter at the premiere of her new movie, 'You Again.' "We really have to do it with them because they own it."

Bell, Thomas and super producer Joel Silver took a pitch to Warner Bros., but the studio came back saying the number of viewers who would see a film just wasn't large enough. Fans, meanwhile, counter that statement on Twitter on a daily basis -- just search #VeronicaMars or #VeronicaMarsMovie to see the loyal following who have taken to the social networking site.

"At this point, Warner Bros. can make it, but like any studio they have research that tells them whether or not they'll make their money back," Bell said. "And that's what we've been told: That it's just not there. So my duty, because I wanted this movie made from the minute our show got canceled, is to a) do it before I'm 40; and b) to prove to Warner Bros. that there is an audience. You already have three million who watched it every week, hardcore fans that will see it -- you can only build from there."

'Veronica Mars' fans have always been a small but dedicated force. They raised money to fly a plane over the headquarters of The CW to show their support for the low-rated show, and when the series was canceled after season 3, they sent thousands of Mars Bars to the network in an attempt to reverse the decision.

After the show's cancellation Thomas toyed with the idea of doing a 'Veronica Mars' comic book and fans floated the idea of a direct-to-DVD flick, but no headway was made. However, Bell is open to other options -- she told The Hollywood Reporter she'd do a Web series -- but thinks the fans deserve more.

"I don't speak for anyone else but myself," Bell said, "but I think that they want it grand because it is deserving of being on the big screen. I think that maybe our creators would settle for [a web series], but I think that we all really want to push for the movie if it can happen."

Earlier this month Bell took to Twitter to rally the fans, asking them to Tweet #VeronicaMarsMovie at the official Warner Bros. Twitter account, @wbpictures. She encouraged fans to sign petitions and join the Facebook group of fans who have pledged to see a film if its made.

In April, Thomas told TV Squad that not all hope for a 'Mars' flick was lost and that he was exploring other options, such as going the indie route. However, all that is moot if Warner Bros. won't give up the rights.

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They act like a cult show with a nice but loyal hardcore fanbase has never had a full length movie made. Tell that to

Star Trek
The X-Files
Mystery Science Theatre 3000
Reno 911

What is Warner Bros. going to use use those rights for? The only way they are currently making money off of "Veronica Mars" are the tv season DVDs. If they don't want to be involved with anything further to do with the series, sell those rights back to Rob Thomas and let him make his movie. How did Joss Whedon get the rights to make "Serenity" after Fox cancelled "Firefly"?

September 23 2010 at 5:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If they can't do a big-screen movie, I wonder if they could do a TV movie. They own the CW, and even three million people watching would be big ratings there.

September 23 2010 at 5:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I would TOTALLY be down for this movie. I just finished watching all three seasons in a matter of 2 weeks (and I have a full time job and a life). This show is amazing on so many levels, and I really hope the movie can be made and WB can get their act together!

September 23 2010 at 5:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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