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AFF Panel: Veronica Mars — From Small Screen to Silver screen

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Saturday at 12:45pm in the Driskill Hotel, Ballroom

Panelists: Rob Thomas; Chris Lowell. Moderator: Ben Blacker

Blacker chatted with Thomas and, later, Lowell (he came in late, having just accepted the jury pize for his own film, “Beside Still Waters”) about all things “Veronica Mars.” They covered the Kickstarter campaign that funded the project; the cast reunion and filming; the writing process; a successful test screening; the challenges of translating a TV series to film; and the heartbreak of fitting so many beloved characters into the story and having to leave others out.

The most surprising revelation? Thomas, a former young adult book author, survived for a time by writing novelizations of “X-Files” episodes. “I wrote them uner my dogs’ names,” he revealed.

Other select Thomas quotes:

“I set the movie a 10-year high school reunion so that I wouldn’t have to create a mystery in which everyone in town had one clue.”

“If this ‘Veronica’ movie is a success, I would love to do more. We could be the low-budget James Bond”

“Every decision in the editing room hinges on who this movie is for. With the Kickstarter campaign, we decided that it was for the fans.”

“I’d love for Veronica to replace Nancy Drew in pop culture. I think she’s had her run.”

“You could not ask for a better star of a movie than Kristen Bell.”

“I hope I have a great relationship with my daughter (when she gets older). I will not let her go out at night and detect. It will be off-limits.”