‘Veronica Mars’ Kickstarter Campaign Raised $5.7M Before Close

A Veronica Mars film is definitely getting made. Heck, it could be made three times with the amount of donations it hauled in on the crowdfunding project website Kickstarter.

The Veronica Mars film campaign kicked off last month, and raised its $2 million goal in under 12 hours.

Donations kept pouring in, with the project officially boasting $5.7 million as of its close on Friday. Veronica Mars fans not only want a film continuation of the beloved series, they want a really good one.

All in all, the campaign set records for Kickstarter, with a total of 91,585 backers contributing $5,702,153 for the project. The Veronica Mars film campaign is the highest-funded Kickstarter project ever, and is the fastest to hit both $1 million and $2 million.

The film will commence principal photography during the summer of 2013, with an aimed release of early 2014. Series creator Rob Thomas has said that the story will see Veronica return to Neptune, California, the fictional city of the series.

Series star Kristen Bell and Jason Dohring are already signed on to appear, with additional casting announcements expected soon.

Thomas announced on Twitter that he had completed the script on Sunday, and showed off the first printed copy:

Thomas hasn’t ruled out sequels if the film proves a success either. He pitched a few potential titles after revealing the script:

Maybe that needs a bit of work.

The success of the Veronica Mars film campaign on Kickstarter has inspired the creators of other cult TV shows and films to consider turning to the crowdfunding platform for their own projects. Additionally, actress Melissa Joan Hart has taken to the site to collect donations for an “adult and sexy” comedy film called Darci’s Walk of Shame.

So far, none of these projects has come close to the success of Veronica Mars.