Fans of the cult classic teen drama TV show “Veronica Mars” are in for some good news. A reboot of the popular UPN and CW series is officially in the works.
Kristen Bell, who starred as the titular character in the original series, which aired from 2004 to 2007, is attached to the revival, as is creator Rob Thomas. The new series will air on streaming service Hulu.
Not many more details have been made available, but devotees of the show, aka “Marshmallows,” will no doubt be excited to catch up with Bell’s Veronica Mars, a teen who moonlit as a private detective as the protegee of her detective dad (Enrico Colatoni). After the show was canceled, there was a 2014 movie based on the series that was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign launched by Thomas and Bell.
In a 2014 interview with Harper’s Bazaar about the movie, Bell was asked if she could see “Veronica Mars” returning as a series one day.
“I could see it coming back as just about anything,” she said. “I would do it with puppets if we could.”
She also spoke to what made her character so appealing to fans, and she attributed Mars’ popularity to the personal connection viewers felt with her.
“One of the reasons is that you’re inside her brain,” she explained. “You get to know what she’s going through. You learn directly from the source about her vulnerabilities, her insecurities, her anger, and ultimately what she would say is her revenge. And you would have to begin with the narrative from the female that was abused, in my opinion, if you are to tell a story that would resonate similarly. The protagonist has to be the one going through it. You know, they often say writers create their alter egos as the protagonist, and somehow Rob Thomas’s alter ego was a 16-year-old, female underdog.”
Bell will certainly be busy once production starts, as she currently stars in “The Good Place” on NBC. The show’s third season will premiere on Sept. 27.
Will you watch the “Veronica Mars” revival?