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Rob Thomas interview: Veronica Mars, directing, Statham
By SP_COP on March 14, 2014 | From www.denofgeek.com
Rob Thomas interview: Veronica Mars, directing, Statham The creator of Veronica Mars takes us through the new movie, directing, Jason Statham and Richard Linklater...

This Friday, a quest that began over five years ago concludes, as Veronica Mars escapes TV cancellation *** and arrives in her own film. With Kristen Bell reprising the role, the film has come about as a result of a high profile Kickstarter campaign, and also thanks to the sheer persistence of showrunner Rob Thomas.

That'd be the same Rob Thomas too who was kind enough to spare us 20 minute for a natter on the phone. Which began with a grovel on our part...

I should start with an apology. One of the perils of Kickstarter campaigns is those irritating people who pledge money, and then whose credit card bounces at the point of payment. Er, that might have happened to me....

[Laughs]

You know that bit on the set when you couldn't find the spare cash for a prop that would have cost you around $20?

That was you.

Look, I feel a bit guilty about it.

[Laughs] Ah! Okay. I will forgive you. We muddled through somehow without that prop.

You're very brave, in such testing circumstances. Still, what you managed to do with this project feels crucial. A lot has been discussed already about the funding, and how you managed to ultimately raise the money in the end. But I do wonder if the key thing here that people need to take away is the sheer persistence. However, in the four or five years when you were battling to get this made, was there a point when you actually felt, finally, that you'd lost?

Yeah. There were a couple of points, a couple of big points where I thought we had lost, and where I gave up most hope.

One was probably three years after the series ended, and Joel Silver, who was my producing partner on the series, gave me a call. He said 'hey Rob, I think I've got Warner Bros interested, and ready to sign off on a movie'. He had a certain budget price at which he could get movies made, and they asked me to come in and pitch one, so I did, and Joel was excited about it....
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