Just 8 months ago, the Veronica Mars movie made headlines by breaking all kinds of records for Kickstarter fundraising. Only 8 months, and we already have footage coming out for a movie. A movie that’s based on a TV show that ended 6 years ago. It almost defies logic.
But if that’s not exciting enough, a new featurette released earlier this month combined with the footage from San Diego Comic Con in July gives Marshmellows a lot to look forward to.
Jason Dohring is Team Logan/Piz.
A large portion of the featurette is devoted to the love triangle between Logan, Piz, and Veronica. In interviews with the cast, each member answers whether they’re Team Logan or Team Piz. But the best answer by far comes from Jason Dohring who jokes about being Team Logan/Piz.
Now, I’ve seen a lot of negativity about this love triangle aspect of the film on Tumblr, and the Logan/Veronica or Veronica/Piz question does have a tendency to divide the fandom. Kristen Bell says in the featurette that the question has gotten her in trouble before.
In such an important and fan-funded movie, is this the best story to tell? Particularly since this featurette makes it seem like a cornerstone of the film. Rob Thomas seems to think so, and I guess we’ll just have to trust him until the movie hits theaters.
We’ve known for a long time that the movie takes place during Veronica’s 10-year high school reunion, and there were casting announcements left and right in the early stages of production. But here, we get quick flashes of all the different characters from the show who are coming out of the woodwork.
Of course, Mac, Wallace and Keith Mars are central to the movie, but there are quick glimpses of Principal Van Clemmons, Gia Goodman, Luke Haldeman, Leo D’Amato, Vinnie Van Lowe and Cliff McCormack, among others.
Some things never change…
Even though Veronica tells Logan early on in the trailer that she doesn’t do investigative work anymore, old habits die hard. Veronica finds her old messenger bag, which she’s caring around with her in a later scene, and there are multiple shots of Veronica with her trusty long-lensed camera. I was particularly excited about Veronica’s voiceover making a reappearance in the movie. It just wouldn’t feel like Veronica Mars without it.
…and neither do some people.
At the very end of the featurette, Veronica runs into Dick Casablancas. He opens the door half-naked, drinking a beer and practically burps in her face. He makes a sex joke before greeting her by calling her “Ronnie.” Then he yells into the house at Logan, “That girl who follows you around is here.”
I never thought I would miss Dick Casablancas, but it’s nice to see a blast from the past like that, especially in a featurette that by and large places the film’s present (which is far different from what we had at the end of the series) in the center.
There isn’t an official release date for the movie yet, but everyone has been lobbing around the phrase “early 2014.” At the end of the featurette, it says the movie is coming in Spring 2014. Whether that means it’s no longer coming out in early 2014 or not remains to be seen, but I’m not giving up on an early 2014 release date just yet.
It’s just now starting to hit me that this Veronica Mars movie is really happening, and it’s coming out soon. It’s definitely high time for a rewatch of all 3 seasons. Who’s with me? If you aren’t quite at that stage of excitement yet, check out the featurette first, and it should help you get there.