So now we’ve got Veronica, Logan and Keith. Plus the waiter. That makes four. That’s a solid starting cast.
(We’re really making a movie, gang!)
The response to the script from the studio, and perhaps more important, from Kristen, has been incredibly positive. And as you might have read, one of our amazing writers from the series – Diane Ruggiero – just spent a few weeks working with me to finish it up.
As far as casting goes, we’re still in negotiations, so I can’t officially announce anything yet. But I can make two promises: first, we’re working furiously on it, and second, when new cast members are confirmed, you’ll be the first to hear about it. Bonus tease: I’m really excited about some of the cameos we’re hoping to land. If all goes well, I’ll be able to share more soon.
And finally, location. I would have sent an update earlier this week, but we were so close to making a final decision that I wanted to wait, because there’s a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT, and I wanted you to hear it first. This morning, I got final approval on our shooting location: Thanks to you, the Veronica Mars movie will be shot in Los Angeles!
Deputy Leo is ready to report for duty!
With the Veronica Mars movie officially happening, Marshmallows have been dying to know which of their favorite characters will be returning to Neptune when the film hits theaters in early 2014. One familiar face who will definitely be coming back to banter with Veronica (Kristen Bell)? New Girl star Max Greenfield as lovable Deputy Leo!
We chatted with the Emmy-nominated actor at New Girl’s TV Academy screening on Tuesday about returning for the movie, what Leo’s up to these days and if there’s any chance for Veronica and Leo to get back together on the big screen!
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“I’m excited! I love all those guys. They gave me one of my first jobs,” Greenfield says of the Veronica Mars movie becoming a reality. “It was a big break for me and people really liked me on that show. I had such a good time with all of them. I think I’m going down to do a day or two on the movie in June or something, so that should be just great.”
When asked if Thomas has shared any spoilers or plotlines with him, Greenfield coyly responds, “We’ve been emailing, we’ve been emailing.” One thing we do know about Deputy Leo is that he will be working as a detective in the San Diego Police Department, which Thomas exclusively revealed to us. “I gotta re-tap into that whole thing!” Greenfield says with a laugh.
But fans of Veronica and Deputy Leo shouldn’t get their hopes up for a romantic reunion. “I think there are some other characters you’d like to see her get with, but I’m so thrilled they thought of me and are bringing me back for even the few days I’m working on it,” Greenfield says.
The “Veronica Mars” movie’s reunions won’t only take place in front of the camera. Rob Thomas needed help writing the script, so he recruited one of the show’s original — and best — writers in Diane Ruggiero to do it with him.
“I had the outline and the first act of the movie written when we launched Kickstarter,” Thomas explains. “I had no idea the craziness that would ensue once we launched. I was under the naive impression that I’d be able to handle knocking out the script while handling the sundry demands of running the fundraising — the press, questions about T-shirt artwork, etc. The day we launched we received 20,000 emails. The press requests and questions that arose about the specifics of the campaign was almost a full time job.”
Enter Ruggiero, who was part of the show’s original writing staff, and who wrote what Thomas calls “our high-water mark,” season 1’s “A Trip to the Dentist,” where Veronica finds out the truth about the night she was raped. Ruggiero was also a major contributor to the darkly comic voice of the series, and Thomas says it was great to have her for reasons beyond lightening the workload.
“She was really my right hand writing the series,” he says, “and it felt good to have someone who knew the voices as well as I did. We were both in a comfort zone, both writing this show and writing with each other.”
FAQ: You’ve already raised way more than the original $2 million. Why do you need more?
You’re right. We’ve raised a lot more than the initial $2 million, and we know it’s a lot of money. But for a feature length movie, it’s still a pretty conservative budget. Everything that’s been pledged beyond the initial $2 million gives us more options, and for that we’re eternally grateful. The simple answer? More backing means more locations, more sets, more actors, and most important of all, more shooting days.
That additional money could mean the difference between a movie that lasts 90 minutes, and one that lasts 110. It could also mean the difference between us shooting in Southern California, where the series was shot, and in a less expensive location somewhere else.
To be clear, we can’t make guarantees yet about how long the movie will be, or exactly where we will shoot, and the last thing we want is to make a promise we can’t keep. But what we can promise is this: the more we end up with, the more freedom we’ll have, and the better our movie will be. That’s what this is about.
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