March 14th, 2013
Veronica Mars fans were in full force last night, raising over $2 million within just ten hours for a Kickstarter campaign titled, “The Veronica Mars Movie Project.” Created by show creator Rob Thomas and its star, Kristen Bell, the campaign asked for fans’ support in raising money to produce a film for a show that ended six years ago.
Thomas and Bell met with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution who agreed to help with marketing, promotion and distribution of the film, as long as fans of Veronica Mars showed interest. Based on the overwhelming numbers that continues to rise, it’s clear that Warner Bros. underestimated the power of social media and TV show fandom.
The success of Veronica Mars’ Kickstarter campaign gives hope to other shows with large fan bases for future big screen comebacks. So in light of that possibility, I compiled a list of past shows that I believe have the potential for film adaptations.
1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Before vampires became a trend in today’s mainstream teen films and television shows, Joss Whedon created a show in the 90s about a teenage vampire slayer named Buffy. Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar in the title role, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a cult hit that continues to attract fans ten years later. Talks of a Buffy reboot emerged a couple years ago, but we’ve heard of nothing about it since then. That idea was not popular among fans because Joss Whedon had no involvement in it. I think everyone in the Buffyverse fandom is ready for a Buffy movie, as long as Whedon and the original cast return.
2. Gossip Girl
Gossip Girl ended last year with Dan and Serena (Derena) married and Chuck and Blair (Chair) as parents. Chair and Derena fans got the happy endings they’ve always wanted, but those of us rooting for Dan and Blair (Dair) still feel bitter about their lack of closure. The two ended on a sour note and never acknowledged the friendship they built for three seasons. Shipper wars aside, does anybody else miss the non-judgemental Breakfast Club of the Upper East Side?
3. One Tree Hill
You might be surprised that One Tree Hill is among my choices, since it’s a show that has arguably run for too long. I personally think the show jumped the shark when it let go of its small town charm and turned Hollywood. How unrealistic is it that this group of five friends found success as a famous athlete, author, singer, fashion designer and owner of a record label? That’s why a film reboot, returning to the original concept of two rivaling half-brothers who form an unlikely friendship, is the best way to continue this series.
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