Veronica Mars, the cult Rob Thomas teen sleuth drama whose ceaselessly sunny middle class Cali setting was always at odds with the shady shit its residents were doing and was consistently fantastic for its first two seasons but then fell off in the third when they didn't quite know how to handle her college transition/failed to install a payoff rich season-long mystery arc (the Gilmore Girls caliber parent-daughter repartee was ALWAYS fantastic, though), will be made into a movie.

Excuse us for a second.



The show's effervescent lead Kristen Bell (weird Yeasayer clips, Party Down, the voice of Gossip Girl who was somehow Dan Humphrey all along WTF?, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, adorable sloth videos) rallied the troops this morning, pointing deep pocketed VM fans to a newly launched Kickstarter campaign aimed at raising $2 million to fund a feature length film to be released sometime next year.

As creator Rob Thomas notes: "Warner Bros. still owns Veronica Mars and we would need their blessing and cooperation to pull this off. Kristen and I met with the Warner Bros. brass, and they agreed to allow us to take this shot. They were extremely cool about it, as a matter of fact. Their reaction was, if you can show there’s enough fan interest to warrant a movie, we’re on board. So this is it. This is our shot. I believe it's the only one we've got. It's nerve-wracking. I suppose we could fail in spectacular fashion, but there's also the chance that we completely revolutionize how projects like ours can get made. No Kickstarter project ever has set a goal this high. It's up to you, the fans, now. If the project is successful, our plan is to go into production this summer and the movie will be released in early 2014.

The accompanying promo video is also fantastic...



The response was overwhelming.

As of writing the campaign has raised over $2,220,788 via 35,689 backers including one lucky 09er who pledged $10,000 to receive a small speaking role.

Meaning, as Thomas tweeted a few hours ago, the film is actually happening.



SO happy right now.



Now let's get to work on that Party Down movie.