Updated: August 21, 2013 6:14AM
SAN DIEGO — It’s not a mystery: “Veronica Mars” is really coming to the big screen. “Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas, star Kristen Bell and the rest of the cast previewed footage Friday at Comic-Con from the upcoming fan-funded film. The cult, teenage gumshoe TV series was canceled in 2007 after three seasons.
Earlier this year, Thomas used Kickstarter to pull in $2 million in less than a day to make a new movie. He eventually gathered more than $5.7 million in 30 days.
In the film, Mars returns to her hometown of Neptune, Calif., to meet up with her old pals for their high school reunion and solve another mystery.
“I can tell you it sorta has a ‘Godfather III’ theme to it, which seems odd,” said Thomas. “Why not pick ‘Godfather II’? It was a better movie.”
Bell said her first day back on set was with co-star Jason Dohring.
“We just kept staring at each other,” she told the crowd. “’Are we really here? Is this ‘The Twilight Zone’?’”
Veronica Mars” co-stars Dohring, Francis Capra, Enrico Colantoni, Percy Daggs III, Ryan Hansen, Tina Majorino and Chris Lowell joined Bell on a panel inside the San Diego Convention Center.
Thomas said two more days of filming remain for the movie, set for release in theaters early next year.