It looks like Veronica Mars is here to stay.
While creator Rob Thomas and his team of actors made waves a few months back when they took to Kickstarter to crowd-fund a continuation of the beloved franchise, no one expected things to go so well that the $2 million (and then some) needed to fund the film would be gained within days of the launch.
Based on that intense level of fan interest, Thomas has now stated that he’s continuing the Mars Investigations journey beyond the film. While we won’t be getting more Veronica in the form of movies (at least not for a while – a sequel could eventually happen) or TV, Thomas has stated that a line of new books featuring the fully grown Veronica are in the works.
Due out February 4, 2014, the book’s brief synopsis gives some clues to the outcome of the movie:
The first book in an original mystery series featuring twenty-eight-year-old Veronica Mars, back in action after the events of “Veronica Mars: The Movie”. With the help of old friends—Logan Echolls, Mac Mackenzie, Wallace Fennel, and even Dick Casablancas—Veronica is ready to take on Neptune’s darkest cases with her trademark sass and smarts.
Sure, it doesn’t reveal who killed who in the movie, but it does share one important tidbit: No beloved characters will be harmed in the making of the motion picture (except possibly Papa Mars, who remains conspicuously absent from this blurb).
To me, this news is bittersweet. While the prospect of Veronica’s continued escapades is exciting, it’s a little sad that they won’t be in a live-action format. I expect the witty banter won’t come through nearly as well in the written word. However, I can’t complain too much since we get to see more of a story that – thanks to our more technologically-linked world – we wouldn’t have gotten the chance to see a decade ago.
Photo Credit: Rob Thomas Productions