Thursday, March 14, 2013

Veronica Mars Movie (Or, This Changes Everything)


Despite the pomp and circumstance of The Vatican rolling out a new model pope, the big news yesterday as far as all good geeks are concerned was the reality setting in that we are indeed getting a Veronica Mars movie.

And before you ask, yes, I did contribute a small sum to the Kickstarter project to make this move happen.

As I celebrated on Facebook last night, reveling with other fans who contributed to make the movie happen, one dour friend came in and made a very sobering, yet valid point; we had all just essentially gave a major studio money to make a movie.

I’m not gonna lie, I was bummed at first. I couldn’t help but feel a little bamboozled. I love Veronica Mars, but my buddy was right. I’d just handed over some of my hard earned cash to Warner Bros., a studio that makes more money in profits a year than I’ll ever see in many, many lifetimes. I’d been duped! Duped!

But then I got over it. I realized I hadn’t been duped. Everything was fine, even if my money was going to a major studio.

Here’s the things; it ain’t like Michael Bay got up there and asked for money for the next Transformers movie. James Cameron wasn't begging for money for Terminator 5, nor was Joss Whedon organizing a Kickstarter for Avengers 2 (although Serenity 2...).

No, this was a Kickstarter from a guy that created a property he loved so much that even after his show was cancelled he never stopped trying to continue the story, even though a major studio owned the property. This was a Kickstarter from a group of people that had moved along to other, lucrative jobs, but believed in the quality of this one little show so much, they said to hell with it, and got to crowd sourcing (with the major studio’s blessing, of course).

Fans are always complaining about their favorite shows being cancelled too soon. We lament that movies like Serenity don’t make enough money at the box office to merit a sequel despite having rave reviews. Well, as of yesterday, we have a little more power to make things like that happen now, and that makes me happy. Pushing Daisies, anyone?

I think the only negative I can find in this whole affair, however, is the unknown artist that Kickstarter really helps. The filmmakers, the writers, the musicians that don’t have studio, publisher or label support that rely on crowdsourcing to get their art out there. I do worry that an influx of Veronica Mars style Kickstarters could potentially hurt the earning potential of unknowns trying to carve out a place for themselves.

Which is why after I donated to Veronica Mars, I made a donation to an independent project. As much as I can’t wait to see Rob Thomas’ vision come to fruition and see Kristen Bell get all sleuthy, I don’t want the little(er) guy to get lost in the shuffle.

Because, ya know, maybe I'll do a Kickstarter for that webseries I've always dreamed of doing sooner rather than later. Who knows...?

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