Seven years after its small screen fade-out, the TV series "Veronica Mars" is enjoying an unusual resurrection as a movie that reunites its star Kristen Bell and the original cast.
Bell, recently acclaimed as the voice of Anna in the Oscar-winning animated film, "Frozen," starred as the teenage sleuth at the center of the "Veronica Mars" series, which ran for 64 episodes over three seasons. She told ABC's Chris Connelly in a sitdown interview for "Nightline" that she always felt "Veronica Mars" could be a movie.
"I've wanted to make a movie since the day our production shut down," Bell said. "Our cast stayed very close, so we knew everyone was in."
Usually movies don't receive funding the way Bell and Rob Thomas, the original show's creator/producer turned director, approached it. On March 13, 2013, they posted videos on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter, soliciting donations towards the making of a "Veronica Mars" movie.
"It's funny, I didn't struggle with the idea of fundraising through the fans," Bell said. "We didn't steal from anyone. We said, 'Would you guys want to buy your tickets like way in advance, like maybe two years in advance, before we even make the movie?' And thankfully they said yes."
In one month, more than 91,000 fans gave over $5 million, enough to make a "Veronica Mars" film that a Warner Bros. division would distribute. The new film premieres Friday in select theaters nationwide.
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