Comic Con isn’t just about the fans getting up close and personal to their favourite pop culture legends and heroes. It’s also about learning what new film or project their fave stars are going to be doing next. Kristen Bell and her “gang” hit Comic Con in San Diego this year to talk about next years Veronica Mars movie! They also showed a “first look” movie trailer of the upcoming film and, hang on! Is that Jamie Lee Curtis? Have a look at the teaser trailer below and see.
Ever since Joss Whedon went on to make television history by getting studios to listen to fans of the defunct Firefly series and give Joss a greenlight to make the film Serenity, which was a “fan closure” film of the cancelled Firefly; there have been other popular shows that have been axed that fans would like to see made into a movie.
And right on the top of that list was Veronica Mars.
But Bell and associates have also gone down in television history, and like Whedon, film history as well. Where Joss got support from fans, Bell got money from hers!
The project to make Veronica Mars into a film was launched with Kickstarter and the production reached its goal in just two days. So at Comic Con, now that the principal photography has wrapped on the film, a lot of the cast and the “axed” series’ creator Rob Thomas showed up at the event to celebrate and to show the “first look” trailer of the upcoming film with a tantalizing glimpse of Jamie Lee Curtis.
On the Veronica Mars panel was Kristen Bell,Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni, Francis Capra, Percy Daggs III, Ryan Hansen, Tina Majorino and Chris Lowell. Before proceedings could start, the panel moderator, Jeff Jenson aired the “first look” trailer that also served as a huge thank you to the fans who helped to make the Veronica Mars film a reality.
Mars Creator Thomas said of the trailer, “I can tell you that it sort of has a Godfather III theme to it. Which is odd, because why not pick Godfather II? It was better. … I can tell you [Veronica] has not worked as a private detective since the last time you saw her. Part of this movie is her getting back into this life she thought she left behind.”
According to the panel, a lot has changed for the investigative teen. She’s all grown up and works as a lawyer. In the trailer we see Veronica being interviewed by none other than horror icon Jamie Lee Curtis. How’d they manage to do that! Great idea and one that went over very well with the Comic Con crowd.
Bell told how in her first day back “on the job” she got a kick out of the first thing that she read from her script. She related, “My first line back was, ‘Charming drink names, I can’t decide between a beast with two backs or a donkey punch. … Ooooh, do you think they’d let me order a virgin devirginator?'”
Another crowd pleaser was Chris Lowell’s story of the decision to bring back Piz. He said, “Rob called and said, ‘I think we’re going to bring Piz back,’ The death threats have almost stopped. Why now? I wore this shirt just so I wouldn’t get shot.” The shirt in reference had Team Logan emblazoned across the front of it as a wink to all the fans who wanted the character of Logan (Jason Dohring) to come back as well.
The panel participated in a very emotion filled Q & A session with fans of the show. But teary admissions aside, Rob Thomas took the opportunity to explain how he’d originally pictured the film. He said, “I wanted to do an Agatha Christie movie with everyone in one house — very few sets and very few guest stars. And that’s not what we did. We made an incredibly ambitious, sprawling low-budget movie. We wanted to include all of those smaller parts that fans really loved.”
Because the fans were so generous in their participation of the Kickstarter project, they got over a million dollars extra when the counting was done. When asked what the plans were for the extra money, Thomas said, “The tough part has been that you have to be moving all of the time. The actors know their roles, they’re getting maybe three or four chances at a line reading … I want this to be the Bond franchise. I hope we make a ton of money on this movie, and we get to do it through the normal channels. If we’re a huge hit, I’m not sure Kickstarter is meant to fund huge hits.”
So Comic Con got to see the Veronica Mars “first look” movie trailer with Jamie Lee Curtis and the crowd got to show the actors they love how much they’re anticipating this “Kickstarter-ed” film. The movie is set to open in cinemas early 2014. Until then, have a look at the teaser trailer below.
By Michael Smith