Yesterday, "Veronica Mars" star Kristen Bell and the show's creator, Rob Thomas, launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $2 million to fund a "Mars" movie. By the end of the day, dedicated fans helped raise that money -- and then some -- and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution agreed to produce the film.
While the campaign did come under some scrutiny by those who felt Kickstarter should be reserved to fund independent projects, it makes us wonder what other shows should be given a second life by fanatical crowdsourcing.
While we wouldn't want to see just any old show on the big screen, here are some we would love to see get the Kickstarter movie treatment, ASAP.
'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'
"Buffy The Vampire Slayer" was the epitome of late '90s / early '00s TV. The show, which ran from 1997 to 2003, revolved around the life and times of Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar), a teenage vampire slayer, naturally. Buffy lived in Sunnydale, a town on top of the "Hellmouth," a portal through which demons and other big bads could enter our world only to be vanquished on a weekly or seasonal basis. In the finale, Buffy and her friends (aka The Scoobies) managed to destroy the Hellmouth and escape on a school bus, sans Spike (RIP, sort of). To this day, the show's fans feel there are some loose ends, such as "What happened to Buffy and her friends now that there are no more vampires to slay?!" Sure, the comic books kept the story going, but we don't think "Buffy" loyalists would hesitate to kick in a few bucks to see this movie made.
'Freaks and Geeks'
"Freaks and Geeks" was the Judd Apatow masterpiece that starred now-big-name-actors James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Jason Segel as awkward, relatable (and adorable) teenagers. The series wasn't given a chance to really build an audience and was cancelled after just 18 episodes. Still, the show is beloved by its fan base -- so much so that Vanity Fair even had a reunion photo shoot for the cast last year. Wouldn't it be great to see what these characters have been up to since their non-existent graduation? Make it happen, people!
So, in case you don't know, "The Sopranos," was about a family of mobsters from New Jersey. The show has a huge fan base and was one of HBO's most consistently popular, celebrated shows. Over the course of its six seasons, the drama drew critical heat due to its content and depiction of Italian Americans, but plenty more controversy was stirred up by fans who criticized the show's jarring finale. In the series' last scene, Tony (James Gandolfini), his son, A.J. (Robert Iler), and his wife, Carmela (Edie Falco), are sitting in a diner surrounded by sinister-looking people. Before anything could happen, the screen went black -- and that's it. That's how the show ended. Maybe it's time the show got a second chance at wrapping things up.
'The West Wing'
"The West Wing" was Aaron Sorkin's Emmy-winning political drama set in the White House, specifically the West Wing (of course). The series -- starring Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, and Allison Janney -- ran for seven seasons, and came to what most fans would consider a logical end. After two terms, President Jed Bartlet (Sheen) left office, and was succeeded by Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits). The NBC hit had a huge following and we think fans would be on board for a movie about Santos's administration, Bartlet's post-presidency life, and beyond.
'Battlestar Galactica' (2004)
The 2004 reboot of "Battlestar Galactica" turned out to be a wildly successful re-imagining of the '70s series. The show was set in a star system lightyears away from Earth, and revolved around a military crew, the only one to survive an attack by a species known as Cylons. The sci-fi hit may not have been everyone's cup of tea, but the show's viewership was (and is) teeming with obsessed fans. In fact, Bryan Singer ("X-Men") is working on a film, but it was reportedly put on hold because it failed to gain momentum. Sounds like it needs a Kickstart!