A long time ago (five years ago), they used to be friends and with the help of fans and a couple million dollars, Veronica Mars, Weevil and the rest of the gang may reunite ... on the big screen.
Rob Thomas, creator of the teen detective series "Veronica Mars," has launched a Kickstarter website to try to get fans to pledge $2 million to help make a movie based on the show, which generated a cult following. It starred Kristen Bell, who is now 32, and aired for three seasons on the networks UPN and the CW before it was canceled in 2007.
"Of course, Warner Bros. still owns 'Veronica Mars' and we would need their blessing and cooperation to pull this off," he wrote on the site. "Kristen and I met with the Warner Bros. brass, and they agreed to allow us to take this shot. They were extremely cool about it, as a matter of fact. Their reaction was, if you can show there's enough fan interest to warrant a movie, we're on board."
UPDATE: As of Wednesday, March 13, at least 33,200 people have pledged at least $2.08 million to fund a "Veronica Mars" film since the Kickstarter campaign was launched less than 10 hours ago.
"So this is it," Thomas said. "This is our shot. I believe it's the only one we've got. It's nerve-wracking. I suppose we could fail in spectacular fashion, but there's also the chance that we completely revolutionize how projects like ours can get made. ... If the project is successful, our plan is to go into production this summer and the movie will be released in early 2014.""Veronica Mars" mini-reunion video
Meanwhile, "Veronica Mars" fans can enjoy a mini-reunion -- Bell, who played the title character, a sassy teen detective, and other former cast members Jason Dohring, Ryan Hansen and Enrico "Rico" Colantoni star in a video posted on the "Veronica Mars Movie Project" campaign's website (Warning: The "Veronica Mars" mini-reunion clip contains an expletive.)
Francis Capra, who played Eli "Weevil" Navarro, the motorcycle gang member with a heart of gold, does not appear in the clip. He did, however, promote the Kickstarter campaign on Twitter and said: "I'm ready."
Reports of a possible "Veronica Mars" movie have been floating around since the series was axed and fans as well as Bell herself have continued to push for one. In 2010, she told her Twitter followers to "bombard" Warner Bros. with Twitter messages.
After "Veronica Mars" ended, Thomas went on to develop shows such as "Cupid," which aired in 2009, and the CW teen series "90210," a reboot of "Beverly Hills, 90210." The new series was canceled earlier this month and will end its run after the finale of its fifth season on May 13.
Bell went on to narrate the CW show "Gossip Girl" and also starred in films such as "When In Rome," "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "Hit and Run" with her fiance, actor Dax Shepard. She is currently pregnant with their first child. (check out a video of Kristen Bell and her baby bump at the 2013 Golden Globes, below)
Amanda Seyfried, who played (Spoiler alert for "Veronica Mars" newbies!) Mars' late best friend in season 1, also went on to have a film career -- she starred in "Mean Girls," "Mamma Mia!" and recently, "Les Miserables."
"There's got to be a way to write Amanda Seyfried in the movie," Thomas, brandishing hand puppets, says in the mini-reunion clip. "I mean there's dead dead and there's TV dead."
While it is unclear if Seyfried would appear in a "Veronica Mars" film, Thomas is promising fans who donate to the "Veronica Mars Movie Project" campaign some bonus prizes.
One person who pledged $10,000, philanthropist and entrepreneur Steven Dengler, has already been promised a speaking role in one scene -- as a waiter -- and a signed movie poster, a Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack of season 1 to 3, a digital copy of the film, a T-shirt and the script in PDF form.
"Super pumped about my speaking role in the upcoming 'Veronica Mars' movie!" he Tweeted. "Back it now on Kickstarter!"
He also told EW.com, while discussing traditional film funding methods: "What I love about Kickstarter is it really is empowering the artists, the people who create content, to go directly to the fan base and say, 'Look, let's skip this baloney.' Let's just make it and not involve this crazy stupid layer of people who think they know what you want."
Three people who pledged $8,000 will be allowed to name a character in the film. And if you are one of 100 people who pledge $400, you will receive merchandise as well as a prestigious online perk.
"We will love you so much that Kristen (@IMKristenBell) and Rob (@RobThomas) will follow you on Twitter for an entire year," Thomas states.