Slip on your Mars Investigation shirts, Marshmallows! The Veronica Mars movie, famously the most-backed project in Kickstarter history, with a record-shattering 91,585 donors, has just begun filming, and the cast and creators have the pictures to prove it! The project originally set its goal at $2 million, which would allow creator Rob Thomas to produce the film, but fans came through and donated $5,702,153. The Veronica Mars series ran from 2004 to 2007 and starred Kristen Bell as the titular role. The show helped launch the actress's career, and Bell has never been quiet about her love of the series; she was a huge proponent of getting the film made!
Kristen's busy schedule is part of the reason the movie will be filming over the summer, only a few months after the Kickstarter ended! This is an incredibly fast turnaround by Hollywood standards, when a film sometimes takes months to start filming after its stars are signed on, but half the cast was just announced in the last few weeks, with Tina Majorino and Krystin Ritter only confirmed four days ago!
The success of the Kickstarter has led many to speculate that this may start a trend in filmmaking, and just weeks after the Veronica Mars movie was successfully funded, Zach Braff posted his request for help making his Garden State follow-up, Wish I Was Here.
The film is slated for release in 2014. Check out the slideshow below for the first pictures from the set, and follow @veronicamars on Twitter for more updates.