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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Come on now, sugar, bring it on, bring it on, yeah!

I swear, Michael Ausiello, if you're wrong about this, I will hunt you down like a dog and force you to read TV Guide cover-to-cover.

Straight out of the Ausiello Files over at comes some stupifyingly, dizzingly, pony-ridingly fantabulistic news regarding The Greatest TV Show of All Time, "Veronica Mars." Hold onto your cute teenage detective hats, everybody: Show creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell are talking "Veronica Mars: The Movie."

Quick! Somebody tell the Dandy Warhols they have a soundtrack to record!

Hang on, let's take off those detective hats for a minute and strap on some reality caps. For those of you who haven't already stopped reading out of indifference and would actually LOVE to see the tenacious titular sleuth on the big screen (along with, presumably, bad boy ex-beau Logan — am I right, ladies?), keep in mind that this is only the star and creator talking about a movie. True, Ausiello says Thomas has also been chatting up the series' producer, Hollywood heavy Joel Silver, but that's scant reason to get your hopes up, like Wallace did in Episode 202 when he helped spoiled new girl Jackie track down the undercover reporter who hit her car, in order to score a smooch. (God, I love this show.)

For one thing, Thomas is a busy man these days. He's got two pilots on his plate — the update of his failed '98 sitcom "Cupid," and an American version of the New Zealand show "Outrageous Fortune." But according to Ausiello, he's very interested in seeing a "Veronica Mars" movie happen. "As soon as I have any free time," Thomas says, "that's my top priority."

Also, Kristen Bell has become a hot property. (Well, even hotter, shall we say. Rrowr.) And with that comes a tight schedule. She has at least three movies coming out by next year — if the Weinsteins ever get off their fat asses and finally release "Fanboys" — not to mention her continued presence on TV's "Gossip Girl" and "Heroes." Yet the sudden popularity of our Miss Bell (whom I totally met one time and totally failed to make love me) could work in favor of a "VM" feature, as financiers often require a name star. (And really, when's the last time Enrico "Keith Mars" Colantoni opened a movie? No, "Galaxy Quest" doesn't count.)

It's not like a cult TV show has never been resurrected as a movie before. Case in point: "Serenity," the feature version of the even-shorter-lived-than-"Veronica Mars" sci-fi series "Firefly" (also The Greatest TV Show of All Time, by the way.) "Firefly" lasted a mere 15 episodes on Fox back in 2002 before being unceremoniously snuffed. But strong sales of the DVD set and a slathering, fervent fan base (what do you expect, it was a Joss Whedon show) led to a near-miracle: "Serenity," a fitting end to the series and a damn good movie to boot.

Could the same happen with "Veronica Mars"? There are many reasons it wouldn't, but the kicker has to be, what would the damn thing be about? Enough time has passed that Veronica would be well out of college by now, so the question of setting is important. Thomas already had an idea for the elusive fourth season — and shot a 13-minute pilot teaser which you can watch on YouTube — about Veronica toughing it out as a rookie FBI agent four years post-Season 3. Sounds like a pretty decent movie to me, but then what of our favorite supporting characters? Wallace, Logan, Keith, Mac, voice-over maestro Cliff? Where would they fit in, four years down the line?

What do you say, "Veronica Mars" fans? What movie do YOU want to see? Which characters should be brought back? When should the movie be set? Did I totally blow it with Kristen Bell or what? And who's going to join me in chasing down Michael Ausiello if it turns out this was all bunk in the first place?

— Adam Reinhard,

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I'm salivating right now.

And Firefly's demise was just another example of Fox switching nights and times in a show's freshman season, airing the episodes out of order, and general Fox brass mayhem meant to kill a great show for no apparent reason. I'm not bitter.

By Blogger Ms. Quarter, At August 21, 2008 at 9:49 PM  

Well count me in if we're hunting Ausiello... and if there's a movie, I will attend the premiere and make sassy Veronica-like commentary.

However, I hate to burst your bubble, but I am highly skeptical that this would ever lead to anything actually happening. Although dearest Kristen has enjoyed a decent post-Veronica career, none of her cohorts (OK, so Jason Dohring was in CBS' "Moonlight" but no one actually watched that) have experienced a similar boost. No movie production company is going to back a movie based on a cult-TV show with not-that-well-known actors.

But I could be wrong...

Also, Logan is dreamy.


By Blogger Press-Gazette blogger, At August 22, 2008 at 9:57 AM  

Sure, Michael Cera, Jason Bateman and David Cross have solid name recognition. But if they're putting an "Arrested Development" movie together, they can certainly do one for "Veronica Mars."

Though when I kept reading "GREATEST TV SHOW OF ALL TIME," I convinced myself you were REALLY talking about a "Wire" movie.

-- Tom

By Blogger Press-Gazette blogger, At August 22, 2008 at 10:55 AM  

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