Veronica Mars movie in the works

January 26, 2009  |  9:30am
When Veronica Mars was on its game, it had banter like Bogart, youthful sleuthing like Encyclopedia Brown, catty teen politics like My So Called Life, California beachfront snobbery like The O.C. Compulsively watchable for two seasons, its third go-round then slid into that what-to-do-when-the-characters-go-to-college rut of so many teen shows. Still, fans were so dismayed by Mars' cancellation in 2007 that a YouTube meme emerged with user-generated fourth season promos—until creator Rob Thomas and producer Joel Silver released an official promo outlining a potential new season (or movie) storyline: Veronica Mars as a rookie FBI agent.

The season was never scheduled, the movie never made. But Thomas recently announced to Buzzsugar that when cutbacks occurred on his other revitalized series, Cupid, he found some free time to work on a Veronica Mars film. "Somebody else had to pay for it," said Thomas. "[Exec producer] Joel Silver does have a certain pile of money that he can decide on and he called me asking if we—you know, can we do this now? So I know that Kristin [Bell] wants to do it. I want to do it. Joel wants to do it, and now I suddenly find myself with enough time to write that script.”

Instead of the FBI plot, the Mars movie will begin at the characters' graduation from college, though if the storyline will remain in the wealthy Southern Californian haven of Neptune is yet to be seen. Bell, who has already launched her film career with last year's Forgetting Sarah Marshall, might help the flick see the box office love that often escapes movie adaptations of TV shows without marquee names. Unless recent examples portend otherwise. Sounds like a mystery for Mars Investigations.

Related links:
Veronica Mars on The WB (Rob Thomas official website) (Veronica Mars fansite)

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