'Veronica Mars' movie: Check out the new trailer

The 'Veronica Mars' movie was the focus of a panel at Comic-Con in San Diego, where director Rob Thomas presented new footage. The 'Veronica Mars' movie is currently being filmed.

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The 'Veronica Mars' movie is being directed by Rob Thomas (l.) and stars Kristen Bell (center) and Enrico Colantoni (r.).

It seems like only yesterday that creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell were kickstarting the cinematic continuation of their beloved teen girl detective series, Veronica Mars – which subsequently made $5+ million and became the “most backed” Kickstarter ever.

Now the Veronica Mars movie is smack-dab in the middle of production, which means there’s just enough footage to debut a trailer (of sorts) at San Diego Comic-Con 2013.

As we know from the Kickstarter and Thomas’ interviews, the plot of the movie revolves around Veronica’s ten-year high school reunion and the murder of Logan Echolls’ (Jason Dohring) pop star girlfriend.

In the time since the series finale, Veronica hasn’t taken a single detective case, she’s moved to New York City, and she’s graduated from Columbia Law School.

You can see some of that on display in the movie footage. For example, it appears that Veronica is being interviewed by a law firm (note the cameo with Bell’s You Again co-star Jamie Lee Curtis) near the beginning of the trailer.

We also see a moment where Veronica gets a phone call from Logan where he pleads for her help – probably because he’s the main suspect in his girlfriend’s murder – and she explains that she “[doesn't] really do that anymore.”

At the Veronica Mars panel – courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter - Rob Thomas once again touched upon the “out of retirement” dynamic:

“I can tell you that it sort of has a ‘Godfather III’ theme to it. Which is odd, because why not pick ‘Godfather II’ ? It was better. … I can tell you [Bell's Veronica character] has not worked as a private detective since the last time you saw her. Part of this movie is her getting back into this life she thought she left behind.”

Thomas also discussed one of his earlier ideas for the V-Mars movie when it was an extremely low-budget film (as opposed to just being a very low-budget film):

“I wanted to do an Agatha Christie movie with everyone in one house — very few sets and very few guest stars. And that’s not what we did. We made an incredibly ambitious, sprawling low-budget movie. We wanted to include all of those smaller parts that fans really loved.”

Does he want to make more Veronica Mars movies?

“Oh, yes I do! I want to be a ‘Bond’ franchise. I hope we make a ton of money with this one and get to do it via the normal channels. Next time, maybe the studio will just give us the money.”

Finally, Thomas talked about his recent book deal to write two Veronica Mars follow-up novels:

“[The first one] picks up where the movie left off. For years, I wanted to get the ‘Veronica Mars’ books done as young adult novels, but we sold them as adult novels. So it’s Veronica at 28.”

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