After five years of “what ifs” and “maybes” and “we’d like tos” and various other forms and hemming and/or hawing, the feature film follow-up to the much-beloved, low-rated TV masterpiece (I do not throw that word around lightly!) Veronica Mars is finally really going to happen — thanks to a studio-approved Kickstarter campaign to raise preliminary funds that pretty much wildly exceeded anyone’s expectations. Of course, any silver cloud must have a gray lining, and the project’s tricky intermingling with the kind of Faceless Bad Corporation the platform was ostensibly created to circumvent has already prompted plenty of hand-wringing. But the project’s remarkable Kickstarter success (it reached its goal in ten hours) is a testament to the feverish nature of the show’s fans — and is, in fact, a good way for said fans to prove to the holders of rights (and purse-strings) that they’re serious about supporting the films they’re passionate about. So, could other long-desired films adopt a similar approach? After the jump, we suggest ten more cult films that could finally find their way to the big screen by following Veronica’s lead.
This one’s a pretty obvious choice, since it was co-created by Mars mastermind Rob Thomas (along with John Enbom, Dan Etheridge, and your pretend boyfriend Paul Rudd) and featured Ryan “Dick Casablancas” Hansen, in addition to guest shots for Mars regulars like Kristen Bell and Enrico Colantoni. The show ran for two ten-episode seasons with a first-rate ensemble cast including Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan, Martin Starr, Ken Marino, Jane Lynch, and Megan Mullally, and every half-hour was a gem. Unfortunately, Party Down was barely seen in its original run (on Starz, a network not exactly renowned for its original comedy programming), only finding its audience on DVD and Netflix Instant. In the years since, reunions have been held and hints have been dropped, but the original show’s microscopic ratings would presumably cause financiers to hesitate. Once Thomas has finished the Mars movie, he might want to go the crowd-funded way for the film version of his other cult TV fave.