When Rob Thomas (no, not that Rob Thomas, this Rob Thomas) launched a Kickstarter project yesterday to fund the Veronica Mars movie, its admittedly lofty two-million-dollar goal still seemed like a sure thing, given how many fans are clamoring for the return of Kristen Bell’s adorable and brilliant little sleuthing character. I don’t think anyone could have predicted just what a sure thing it was, though.
After a single day, the Veronica Mars Movie Project on Kickstarter now stands at nearly $2.8 million in pledges, with 30 days still remaining. Posting this morning in the second of two updates, Thomas commented:
We were the fastest Kickstarter project to hit $1M. We were the fastest Kickstarter project to hit $2M. We set the record for highest goal ever achieved. (Other KS projects have done better than us — so far — but none set a goal as high as our $2M goal.) We’re also the largest film project in Kickstarter history.
So I think it’s safe to say we’ll hit at least a few of the Veronica Mars movie stretch goals:
My goal is to include as many of your favorite characters as possible. It is, after all, time for Veronica’s 10-year high school reunion. Keep in mind that the more money we raise, the cooler movie we can make. A two million dollar fundraising total probably means cross words are exchanged at the class reunion. Three million? We can afford a full-on brawl. Ten million? Who knows… For some reason the Neptune High class reunion takes place on a nuclear submarine! A Hobbit shows up! There’s a Bollywood end-credit dance number! I’ve always wanted to direct Bill Murray. We’ll figure out something cool. Hey, if that total goes high enough, I’ll bet the good folks at Warner Bros. will agree a sequel is a good idea.
If you’re somehow just hearing about the project and want to contribute, know that many of the highest-tier rewards are already gone, including the 100 voicemail messages Kristen will have to record for $500 pledges, the hundred $1000 premiere tickets, the five $5000 private screenings, and the single $10,000 speaking role available to Kickstarters.
But hey, there are still plenty of rewards left, like Blu-ray DVD combo packs of the film, digital downloads available a month or so after release, the shooting script downloadable the day of release, and more. So, don’t worry, if you’re itching for a Veronica Mars movie, it’s definitely gonna happen. But if you want to see Bill Murray in a Bollywood dance battle with a Hobbit on a nuclear submarine, you might consider kicking in a few bucks of your own.