Zachary Levi Hints at 'Chuck' Movie Kickstarter After 'Veronica Mars' Success
Zachary Levi congratulates Kristen Bell and Rob Thomas over their success on raising money through Kickstarter for "Veronica Mars" movie project. While doing so, the actor teases that a similar campaign for a big-screen adaptation of "Chuck" might be launched soon.
"1st, congrats to @IMKristenBell & @RobThomas for helping move entertainment a little closer in the direction I've always hoped it would go...," Zach tweeted. "2nd, to you Chucksters, believe that this news only bolsters my faith that I can help bring you a #ChuckMovie. Be patient. Stay tuned."
"Veronica Mars" Kickstarter fundraiser collected $1 million in the first four hours, marking the fastest haul in the crowd-funding site's history, before sailing past the $2M mark hours later. It earned $3.3 million so far, and still counting as the campaign would stay up until April 12.
Warner Bros. which owns the rights to "Veronica Mars" initially "wasn't convinced there was enough interest to warrant a major studio-sized movie" but they agreed to give their blessing if the campaign initiated by the show's creator Rob and actress Kristen could prove otherwise.
The movie project was officially given a thumb-up after the studio learned of the campaign's success. Despite the overwhelming response the movie received from online supporters, the company reportedly would only support the distribution without giving additional funding on the production.
Rob and Kristen are still hyping up the online campaign as 28 days still remain. They promise to add more rewards for contributors. So far, they offer a PDF version of the script to each of those who make a $10 donation. A $750 donation will earn a ticket to the L.A. movie premiere, and anyone who donates $8,000 will be naming rights to a character.
Moreover, a $10,000 contributor will make an appearance in the movie. The cameo role has been snagged by die-hard fan Steven Dengler. "Super pumped about my speaking role in the upcoming Veronica Mars movie!" the entrepreneur from Toronto excitedly tweeted.
As soon as the online funding campaign ends, the movie will begin production this summer for a planned 2014 release. "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," Kristen who's the original lead female said. "I promise to give it my all."
"Veronica Mars" is a crime-solving drama premiered in 2004. It ran its first two seasons on UPN and before airing its final season on The CW. It followed the story of the titular character as a high school student who has instinct of a private investigator. She helped solving crimes from the murder of her best friend to a bus accident that killed her classmates.
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