Across the weekend the head honcho of the Veronica Mars movie, Rob Thomas, announced on the film’s Kickstarter page, ‘On March 14, Veronica Mars will be available to everyone, worldwide’. Thomas’ update is great news for backers of the Kickstarter project in Australia who paid enough to gain access to a digital copy of the film, but what’s going on with the general release of the film in Australia?
According to Warner Brothers Home Entertainment, Veronica Mars will be available in Australia via digital download on 14 March but the film will not be getting a general theatrical release.
Special event screenings will be taking place in major cities around the country for fans craving to see their favourite sleuth on the big screen with dates a locations being confirmed in the next few weeks.
For the uninitiated, Veronica Mars was a television series that ran for three seasons and starred Kristen Bell playing a high school student who moonlights as a private detective. The series was cancelled in 2007 and resurrected in 2013 when Thomas and Bell took to Kickstarter to raise $2 million to make a film. The Kickstarter raised $5,702,153 from 91,585 backers around the world.
The film will be released ‘worldwide’14 March 2013 but only on the small screen in Australia.
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“VERONICA MARS” TO BE RELEASED DIGITALLY ON MARCH 14, FROM WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT
“Veronica Mars” the feature film based on the beloved and acclaimed television series of the same name, will be released digitally on March 14. The 2013 Kickstarter sensation from writer and director Rob Thomas will be released digitally from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Australia, the same day as the film is released in cinemas in the US. “Veronica Mars” will be available for digital purchase and rental to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers. For those Australian fans looking for a big screen Veronica Mars experience, a number of fan screenings are planned, details of which will be announced shortly.
The “Veronica Mars” movie was made possible by a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign driven by fans of the television show, which ran from 2004 – 2007. Launched by series creator Thomas and series star Kristen Bell, the Kickstarter campaign unleashed an unprecedented level of fan enthusiasm and support, reaching the project goal of $2 million in just 10 hours. At the end of the 31-day campaign, fans contributed $5.7 million, making Veronica Mars the number one funded project in the film category and the third-highest funded project in Kickstarter history. It is the most widely supported Kickstarter campaign to date with more than 91,000 backers worldwide, who have remained engaged throughout production with frequent behind-the-scenes updates from Thomas and the film’s cast and crew.
Said Thomas, “I was totally taken off guard by the amount of international support we received during out Kickstarter drive. A movie of this scope wouldn’t have been possible without our international fans. I’m incredibly excited that fans around the world will be able to see the movie on the same day that it’s released here in the U.S.”
“Veronica Mars” will be released on Blu-ray and DVD later in the year.
Cameron Williams – follow Cam on Twitter here: @MrCamW