If you go into Hulu’s forthcoming Veronica Mars revival hoping for a sequel to the 2014 film you will likely be sorely disappointed. “The movie was nostalgic — the Hulu limited series isn’t going to be,” Mars overlord Rob Thomas revealed on social media Thursday, adding that the eight-episode limited series will take the franchise back to its “hardcore So-Cal noir” roots. “One big case. Eight episodes to tell the story. This is a detective show.”
As officially confirmed on Thursday, the quasi-fourth season finds Kristen Bell’s titular sleuth tracking a serial killer terrorizing Neptune during Spring Break. Dedicated Marshmallows noted that the revival’s extended logline bears many similarities to The Thousand Dollar Tan Line, a Veronica Mars mystery penned by Thomas and released in 2014.
Responding to the speculation, Thomas tweeted, “Like The Thousand Dollar Tan Line, the mini-series will be set against a Spring Break backdrop, but TDTL is not the story we’re telling. We’re five years after the movie.”
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The Veronica Mars books are “98 percent canon,” Thomas maintained, before dropping the following spoilers about the new episodes: “Pony is included. Marcia Langdon is police chief [and] Neptune [is] finally incorporated.”
Production on the revival is slated to begin in late October in Los Angeles and continue through March.