Veronica Mars To Be Turned Into ‘Mini Bond Franchise’, Kristen Bell And Creator Rob Thomas Tease
Veronica Mars hit US cinemas over the weekend and judging by the fan reaction, we could be in for more movies about the blonde detective.
Kristen Bell and creator Rob Thomas raised the money for the movie spin-off of the cult TV show through Kickstarter, and the decision to take Veronica to the big screen has proven to be a shrewd move.
The film earned $2 million in the US this weekend, impressive as it had a limited opening, with that total meaning it made an almost $7,000 per-screen average.
Kristen seems keen for more, telling MTV New at the SXSW festival over the weekend: “I would just do just about anything. It would great to do a franchise of movies, we have a bit more creativity in film than we do on television. But if one day it comes back as some sort of a series, I would be involved as well.”
Kristen Bell is back as Veronica Mars (WENN)
Thomas added that he hopes for even more from his character: “Big picture, I feel like Nancy Drew had a good 70 year run, and I would like to replace her,” he joked. “Honestly, I hope on some level, dream of dreams that Veronica would become an iconic fictional detective, and she could be spun off in any number of ways.”
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There could be scope for more as Thomas has penned a series of novels based on Mars’ adventures, with the first The Ten Thousand Dollar Tan Line released on March 25. The book picks up right after the movie finished and could provide more source material for future films: “The novels that we’re doing, those could very well end up being future ‘Veronica Mars’ plots,” Thomas continued. “I’m really taking care with the plotting of those, and I’m going to try and make it a continuous universe.
Could we be seeing more Mars movies (WB)
Thomas added that he hopes “Veronica Mars” becomes a “mini Bond franchise,” releasing a new film every two or three years, but Kristen is just keen to know what the Mars devotees want:
“I would want to know what the fans want, to be honest. I don’t say that insincerely. As an artist, you want to do things that your audience likes and wants and appreciates and gets excited about.”