intro: Thanks to devoted fans, a "Veronica Mars" movie is on the way.
The creator of the teen cult television drama, Rob Thomas, along with star Kristen Bell, started a Kickstarter campaign Wednesday to raise money for a film continuation of the show.
Within four hours, the campaign had more than $1 million, beating the Kickstarter record of $1 million in seven hours.
At 5:55 p.m. (PST), with 31,685 kickstarters contributing, the campaign hit the $2 million mark.
"Hallelujah! It's a green light my friends. I love you all, but particularly the donors among you. #Veronicamars .@IMKristenBell," Thomas tweeted.
The film has been in the works since the show went off the air in 2007, Thomas said on the campaign site. But Warner Brothers was not convinced there was enough interest to make it.
"I am currently the happiest blonde in a hamster ball the world has ever seen. We have been waiting so long to make this movie dream a movie reality, and it's because of YOUR commitment, YOUR persistence, that we finally have a chance. We just have one more step to go," Bell wrote. "You have banded together like the sassy little honey badgers you are and made this possibility happen. i promise if we hit our goal, we will make the sleuthiest, snarkiest, it's-all-fun-and-games-'til-one-of-you-gets-my-foot-up-your-ass movie we possibly can."
They plan to begin filming this summer and debut the film early next year.
The project promises to give a digital copy, a T-shirt and series DVDs to all backers who donate $35 or more. Thomas teased fans, tweeting, "Ok, here it is! Stretch goal-$3M or Logan doesnt survive the movie!"
"Veronica Mars" debuted in September 2004. It starred Bell as a butt kicking teen detective, fighting crimes in her upscale town in California.
Click through to see what the cast has been up to since going off the air:
quicklist: 1 title: Kristen Bell text: Since "Mars" went off the air, Bell has had a busy film career. She became a household name after starring in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" alongside Russell Brand and Jason Segel. She also had a cameo in the film's sort of sequel, "Get Him to the Greek," and took the lead in comedies "You Again" and "Couples Retreat."
The 32-year-old star gave her voice to "Gossip Girl" in the hit CW series and she currently stars alongside Don Cheadle in the Showtime series "House of Lies."
Bell is currently pregnant, expecting her first child with fiancé Dax Shepard. The couple started dating in 2008 after filming "When In Rome" together and were engaged in 2009. They recently starred together in last year's "Hit and Run."
In an interview with The Advocate last yaer, Bell explained why she's reluctant to tie the knot, saying "The reason we're not rushing to get married is because I don't feel appropriate taking advantage of a right that's denied to my [gay and lesbian] friends. That's why we've been so hesitant."
The 32-year-old star told the magazine, "Dax and I have talked about it a lot, and this issue is very important to both of us. We're just standing up for what we believe in. Period."
But despite her busy career and her growing family, Bell is eager to get a "Veronica Mars" film off the ground.
quicklist: 2 title: Jason Dohring text: Jason Dohring played Logan, the son of a movie star, who had a dramatic on-again, off-again relationship with Veronica through all three seasons. When the show was canceled in 2007, Dohring went on to star as Josef Kostan in CBS' vampire drama, "Moonlight," but it was canceled in 2008.
The 30-year-old had several guest starring roles on major television series including "CSI" and "Lie to Me" before scoring a reoccurring role on the CW series "Ringer" in 2011. But again, the series was canceled a year later. media: 18722882
quicklist: 3 title: Enrico Colantoni text: Enrico Colantoni played Veronica's dad, a former town sheriff turned private investigator who ran Mars Investigations.
In 2008, the Canadian actor starred as Sgt. Greg Parker on the police drama "Flashpoint" until it was canceled last year. He recently signed on to star alongside Geena Davis in a TNT bounty hunter drama.
He's also had several guest-starring roles on hit shows including "Person of Interest" and "Bones" as well as a small role in the 2011 film "Contagion."
The 50-year-old actor married his girlfriend, Rosanna, in 2011. He has two children, Quintin and Madelyn, with his first wife, Nancy Snyder media:
quicklist: 4 title: text: Percy Daggs III played Wallace, Veronica's best friend, sidekick and partner in crime.
But Daggs himself has stayed away from the spotlight since the series was canceled.
The 30-year-old actor has guest-starred on several series including "Southland" and "In Plain Sight." He recently wrapped the gory thriller "Murder101" due out this October. He's currently filming the animated made-for-TV movie, "Safaricize." media: 18722862
quicklist: 5 title: Tina Majorino text: Tina Majorino played Mac, Veronica's other close friend and cyber-sleuth.
Since the show ended, the 28-year-old hasn't shied away from the small screen. In 2006, she scored a recurring role as the outspoken Heather Tuttle on the HBO series "Big Love." Majorino starred in the drama series, "The Deep End" in 2010 but it was canceled after only six episodes. She also had recurring roles on "Bones" and "Napoleon Dynamite," in which she reprised her role as Deb from the 2004 film.
Majorino joined the cast of the vampire hit "True Blood" last year during the show's fifth season. She joined the cast of "Grey's Anatomy" for the hospital drama's ninth season as Dr. Heather Brooks, an intern under Meredith Grey's watchful eye.
But the actress is also a music video star. She played a girl who was struggling with cutting in singer, Pink's music video for "F--kin' Perfect" in 2011. media: 18722892
quicklist: 6 title: Francis Capra text: Francis Capra played Eli "Weevil" Navarro, the leader of a biker gang who was constantly trading favors with Veronica.
The 29-year-old actor has yet to have a hit role since "Veronica Mars" but he has starred in countless hit series including "Friday Night Lights," "Criminal Minds," "NCIS" and "Bones." He reunited with Bell on the drama "Heroes" and also had a small role in the 2011 flick "Rampart."
He's a huge fan of the video game "World of Warcraft" and the animated series "Family Guy."
Capra is ready for a "Veronica Mars" movie. He tweeted, "I'm ready," Wednesday with a photo of the cast.