Veronica Mars, the hit UPN/CW television show that was cancelled in 2006, will finally hit theaters on Friday, after its successful Kickstarter campaign raised the funds to produce it last year.
In an unprecedented move, fans or "Marshmallows", used Kickstarter to crowdsource and ultimately fund the entire film with over $5.7 million in donations, breaking a record for the fastest campaign to hit $1 million on the site.
Now, almost a decade after the show went off the air, fans will get to see what their favorite teenaged private eye has been up to.
Set in the fictional town of Neptune, California, fans last saw Veronica (Kristen Bell) leaving the town to escape her countless broken relationships and friendships. The first two minutes of the movie are a much-needed flashback to the last scenes in the show, which aired on television nearly eight years ago.
In anticipation of the film's release this Friday, the first eight minutes have been released online, and the cast and crew have set up additional private screenings of the film across the country for super fans and supporters.
The first two official premieres for the film occurred in both New York City and the SXSW festival, and cast members including Bell and Jason Dohring were on-hand to celebrate.
Fans have been tweeting their excitement for the film all week in anticipation of its release.
If you were a fan of VERONICA MARS, you will LOVE the movie. They did an excellent job.
— David Delgado (@daviddelgadoh) March 8, 2014
Too excited for the Veronica Mars movie! Love how it's original cast — × (@_alessandrasy_) March 6, 2014
The Veronica Mars premiere and cast! Movie was SO GOOD pic.twitter.com/rh8nXdvqnr
— Yancey Strickler (@ystrickler) March 8, 2014
Veronica Mars NYC movie premiere whose ready Marshmallows? pic.twitter.com/se06CmwM6I — Hypable.com (@Hypable) March 10, 2014
Kristen posted a selfie in true Ellen Degeneres form on the night of the premiere.
— Kristen Bell (@IMKristenBell) March 8, 2014
Watch the first 8 minutes of the ground breaking film, here. The film and a simultaneous digital download will both be available March 14.