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Veronica Mars Sets a New Precedent

March 21, 2013

Let’s talk about Veronica Mars.  Veronica Mars was a BRILLIANT show starring Kristen Bell about a teenage detective.  It was witty, it was dramatic, it was smart.  So naturally, it got cancelled after three seasons.  Like other cult shows that were cancelled too soon (Firefly, Arrested Development, Pushing Daisies, etc), fans have long been lobbying for a film version or a reboot of the series.  Once upon a time, this was unheard of.  Not necessarily the film part, but the reboot of a series. Nowadays, with Hulu and Netflix producing their own work, anything is possible.  After all, Netflix is the major producer behind Arrested Development returning for a short season and a feature film.

What is really astonishing about this turn of events, is that show creator Rob Thomas created a Kickstarter account to raise money for the film and fans donated $2 MILLION in ONE DAY.  And that figure keeps on growing.  

Now lets think about this.  How many other shows out there ended too soon and still have enough fans that would donate to see them rebooted or turned into films?  I’m betting a lot. Firefly, obviously.  Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller is already talking about a Kickstarter campaign.  HBO’s recently cancelled Enlightened fans are already pushing for Netflix to pick up the series.

This is another step in the long line of how changes in how TV and films get made.  No longer is everything in the studio’s power.  With Hulu and Netflix producing their own material, and Kickstarter being used to fund projects as big as Veronica Mars, it’s a whole new world out there for people who are passionate about their projects.  I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

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