Fans of cult U.S. Tv drama Veronica Mars have shattered records on website Kickstarter.com after the show's creator and star offered them the chance to fund a planned movie.
Rob Thomas and his leading lady Kristen Bell launched the campaign on the funding website on Wednesday (13Mar13), giving devotees who have have been crying out for a film adaptation 30 days to come up with $2 million (£1.25 million).
Announcing his plans for the movie, Thomas revealed a plot idea, writing, "My goal is to include as many of your favorite characters as possible. It is, after all, time for Veronica's 10-year high school reunion."
He added, "Keep in mind that the more money we raise, the cooler movie we can make. A two million dollar fundraising total probably means cross words are exchanged at the class reunion. Three million? We can afford a full-on brawl. Ten million? Who knows... For some reason the Neptune High class reunion takes place on a nuclear submarine! A Hobbit shows up! There's a Bollywood end-credit dance number! I've always wanted to direct Bill Murray. We'll figure out something cool. Hey, if that total goes high enough, I'll bet the good folks at Warner Bros. will agree a sequel is a good idea."
Bell and Thomas are also offering rewards to fans who contribute to the campaign - a $500 (£312) donation will secure a personalised voicemail from the actress and $10,000 (£6,250) will land the bidder to a walk-on part in the movie.
In just a few hours, the Kickstarter campaign had topped $1 million (£625,000) and Thomas couldn't be happier.
He writes, "I suppose we could fail in spectacular fashion, but there's also the chance that we completely revolutionize how projects like ours can get made. No Kickstarter project ever has set a goal this high."
The BBC drama starring Aidan Turner returns to BBC One on September 4th.