'Veronica Mars' Fans Shell Out Nearly $3 Million (And Counting) To Bring TV Show To The Big Screen
Six years ago the TV show 'Veronica Mars' was canceled, which left frustrated fans with all sorts of unanswered questions. The idea of bringing the show to the big screen was considered, but it never went anywhere, that is until the creators of the show decided to take their plans to Kickstarter. Yesterday those forlorn fans turned out in a huge way to support the production.
The Kickstarter that technically ends in 29 days managed to pass its $2 million dollar goal on its first day, which broke all sorts of records for Kickstarter. It hit the $1 million mark in 4 hours, and it hit its goal within about 10 hours. It looks like the fundraiser will hit $3 million soon at the current rate.
Most of the people that funded the project obviously really just want to see "Veronica Mars" on the big screen, but the project even attracted rich people who like the idea of Kickstarter-supported projects. Wealthy entrepreneur Steven Dengler gave more money to the project than anyone: $10,000. He tweeted:
But he's not even a particularly big fan of the show. He said told Entertainment Weekly: "if you put me in with your average group of superfans, I’d probably get bounced pretty quickly… I would call myself a small-f ‘fan’ of the series."Instead, he says he likes funding creatives on Kickstarter: "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."
Of course, some people are kind of weirded out by the idea that fans are throwing so much money so quickly at what, in the end, is a major studio production.
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