From what we’ve seen of Kristen Bell in the public eye, she comes across as a dork and a half: She cries when in the presence of baby sloths, she threw herself a Hunger Games birthday party… So it makes sense that she would be as dedicated to her star-making cult drama Veronica Mars as any of the show’s fans. It got cancelled in 2007, and since at least 2010 Kristen has been incredibly vocal about wanting to adapt the series to a movie, even saying more than once that she’d self-finance it if she had to.
But now you get the chance that she may be closer to her goal, as she and fiance Dax Shepard are buoyed by the success of their recent comedy Hit and Run. Dax wrote and directed the indie, and they got several big names like Bradley Cooper and Kristin Chenoweth to pop in. From their recent interview with Vulture, you get the impression that Kristen could be pondering the indie route for bringing Veronica Mars to the big screen.
When asked about the status of the movie, Kristen was sure to clarify that she’s not the issue holding back any sort of pre-production. Often when trying to resurrect a show, it never happens because the writers and actors have all moved on to other steady projects, like in the case of Joss Whedon‘s Firefly. But here, Kristen says, it’s all about the studio:
“Everyone involved wants to do it, but Warner Bros. is a real stinker. It’s a real monster of a legal system there. But that’s why we did this as an independent movie, without a studio telling us what do, which is why there’s an eight-minute-long butt-fucking joke in the movie, something absurdly long that continues to deliver. And I would love to, if I had the money right now to produce it, I would do it in a heartbeat. I still have hope for it. I really do. Even if she’s, like, 80 when it takes place, like Murder, She Wrote.”
I didn’t watch Veronica Mars during its initial run, and even when catching repeats on SoapNet I don’t quite get what has all my friends so jazzed about it. They’ve tried to explain it as, “We feel the way about this show that you felt about Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and I can respect that. I think if any actress is this committed to bringing back a cult show, then it deserves the resurrection. My only quibble is that Veronica seems so stern compared to the sloth-loving Kristen we’ve come to know and love in the past few years. Is there any way we could see more of that persona on the big screen?
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