Veronica Mars: Poster Signing Day, Sold Out Showings, Future of the Franchise, Soundtrack Info, More
Videos from yesterday where the cast spent the day signing movie posters for backers
Candid moment with @hiryanhansen & #PercyDaggsIII today. What a lovely voice! #veronicamarsmovie
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Veronica Mars AMC Fan Event Sells Out Prompting Additional Showtimes
“Veronica Mars” fans are following through on their support of the Kickstarter-funded film, selling out exclusive AMC Theaters-hosted fan screenings held the day before its nationwide release.
As a result, AMC added showtimes for the fan event at several of the 17 locations across the U.S.
Warner Bros. and AMC will release the film exclusively on March 14, with only a few smaller non-AMC locations bowing the film that day.
As part of the early fan event, costing $18 per ticket, AMC is offering an exclusive “Veronica Mars” T-shirt, as well as a limited edition lanyard. The screening also will feature red carpet footage from the film’s premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival.
The film, which was famously funded entirely through Kickstarter, prompted the CW to release an accompanying digital series spinoff. The original three-season series also began streaming on Amazon Prime last month.
Tickets for the bigscreen version’s nationwide release go on sale Feb. 14.
'Veronica Mars' returns: Rob Thomas, Kristen Bell on reshoots and the future of the franchise
When Veronica Mars opens on March 14, the fans that gave $5.7 million to fund the Kickstarter-financed big screen revival of the cult TV fave starring Kristen Bell will see every dollar on screen. They’ll also see a few pennies donated by the studio that owns the property and will be releasing the movie, too.
Last October, following a test screening, Warner Bros. (which is releasing Veronica Mars via its digital distribution division) agreed to pay for an additional day of shooting. Some people at the screening were confused by a subplot involving Veronica’s private investigator father Keith Mars (Enrico Calantoni) and its connection to the film’s central mystery, which concerns the murder of a pop star.
In December, Thomas shot two scenes with Bell and Calantoni to clarify the plot. These new moments allowed Thomas to fulfill a couple other desires, too, like depicting Veronica’s hometown of Neptune as a place marked by social injustice, stark class division, and corruption, which were key themes of the series. One of the new scenes involves Veronica and Keith witnessing Neptune cops executing a dubious stop-and-frisk. “For a town that didn’t have much of a middle class in the TV series, there was a lot of middle class in the movie, and I wanted to correct that,” says Thomas. “I wanted people to understand there was a dark side of Neptune, and I felt like we never saw any of that.”
The scene also points to the future of Veronica Mars, as it dramatizes why Neptune desperately still needs heroes like Keith and Veronica. Thomas says the story — which takes place nine years after the events of the series and finds Veronica in New York City and about to embark on a high-paying legal career — is all about reconnecting with her past and her true self and “accepting the mantle of her destiny.” All of this is expressed in the movie’s final image, which Thomas says was the starting point for his writing. “I worked backward from there,” he says.
The new scenes also allowed Thomas to get more of the Keith-Veronica relationship into the movie, which should make fans happy: Their father-daughter rapport — and the Bell-Calantoni chemistry — was one of the show’s great strengths. “The audience loves Keith and Veronica together. I mean, they will probably be lovers in the next movie,” jokes Bell. “That’s the type of feedback we get: Put them together, put them together, put them together!”
In addition to these new scenes, Warner Bros. asked for (and paid for) a prologue narrated by Veronica that sums up her life so far (i.e., the premise and arc of the series). The objective: To bring fans up to date and make the movie accessible to newcomers who think a marshmallow is just something you put in hot chocolate. Says Thomas Gewecke, Warner Bros.’ chief digital officer: “I think it’s also going to appeal to a broader audience of people who maybe aren’t familiar with Veronica Mars but have heard about it. We’re excited about the prospects for it.”
There’s something else Warner Bros. paid for, too: The incentives of T-shirts, autographed memorabilia, hometown premieres and more that Thomas promised fans for donating to the Kickstarter fund. Last spring, it was reported that 30 percent of the $5.7 million raised via Kickstarter would be used to bankroll these rewards themselves. The cost is about the same, but Thomas says Warner Bros. ultimately picked up the tab and hired a fulfillment house to execute the labor of packaging and shipping hard items. “People should not be under the misconception that Warner Bros got this movie for free,” says Thomas. “The money we raised went a long way to shooting the picture, but Warner Bros. is in for millions and millions of dollars.”
Now the big question is this: Will Warner Bros. will open up its wallet and pay for more Veronica Mars? Because while Thomas and Bell won’t rule out another Kickstarter campaign, they would rather spare fans the pressure and expense and have the studio finance future adventures with Veronica, be it films or a Netflix series. Both Bell and Thomas have other ongoing projects or potential ongoing projects. Bell stars in the Showtime series House of Lies and says she’s as passionate about that and committed to that as Veronica Mars; Thomas is shooting a pilot for a new CW series called iZombie. So it’s hard to imagine either will have time in the near future to organize another Kickstarter campaign in addition to writing and shooting a sequel. “I know what number we have to hit to do it again [with Warner Bros. paying for it]. I know the internal conversations,” says Bell, who declined to divulge said number. “I think we can do it. I have confidence. So I am not too pessimistic about this being the last round.”
In the meantime, we’ll always have the TV series, as well as a new line of novels that will continue Veronica’s saga. The first title, The Thousand Dollar Tan Line, hits in March. Thomas says the books should be considered canon: ”It would be my hope that, if we got to do any more movies, either these books could be turned into movies, or that the events in these books are reflected in whatever future projects we do.”
'Veronica Mars' Soundtrack Features Sufjan Stevens, Dandy Warhols, Lou Rawls & More
It does not seem long ago when we were merely discussing the possibility of a “Veronica Mars” movie. Its Kickstarter campaign was the subject of much scrutiny and debate, but the TV show’s fans have spoken, and now we’re just one month away from the movie’s theatrical release. Co-written and directed by the show’s creator, Rob Thomas, the movie stars Kristen Bell, Krysten Ritter, Jason Dohring, Ryan Hansen, Francis Capra, Enrico Colantoni, Ken Marino, Martin Starr, and Gaby Hoffman. And if a “Veronica Mars” movie is simply not enough to appease you, then maybe its accompanying soundtrack will do the trick.
The “Veronica Mars” motion picture soundtrack, as well as the original score, will get released on March 4th, thanks to WaterTower Music. The album features artists such as ZZ Ward, Sufjan Stevens, and Lou Rawls. Meanwhile, the show’s theme song will also be in the album, but in two versions: the original Dandy Warhols version as well as a new rendition from Alejandro Escovedo.
“Veronica Mars” comes out in a limited release on March 14th. You can check out the album’s tracklist below, and scoop it up to own on March 4th. [Film Music Reporter]
"Veronica Mars" Soundtrack Tracklist
1. We Used To Be Friends – Alejandro Escovedo
2. Go Captain and Pinlighter – Emperor X
3. Holding My Breath – Mr. Twin Sister
4. All Around and Away We Go – Mr. Twin Sister
5. Criminal – ZZ Ward (ft. Freddie Gibbs)
6. Chicago – Sufjan Stevens
7. Stick Up – Max
8. Never Give In – Mackintosh Braun
9. Prosthetic Love – Typhoon
10. You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine – Lou Rawls
11. Second Chances – Gregory Alan Isakov
12. We Used To Be Friends – The Dandy Warhols
13. Mug Shot – Max (Bonus track – Digital Only)
Signing Day Source
Marshmallow Source: EW Gallery
Marshmallow Source: Sold Out Tickets
Soundtrack Info Source
Already bought my tickets for opening weekend, and I can't wait until the premiere! :D CANADA showtimes are now available through Cineplex. :)