Thomas reveals that Veronica “is dating someone” at the start of the movie, but he declines to say whether her suitor is an existing character or someone new. He does, however, rule out her ex Logan, whom “she hasn’t seen in nine years.”
What Has Veronica Been Up to the Past 10 Years?
Allow Thomas to fill in that decade-long blank: “She transferred away from Hearst college after that freshman year and went up to Stanford and finished her undergraduate degree. And then she went to Columbia Law School. She’s certainly been back to Neptune from time to time to see her dad and Mac and Wallace, but she hasn’t worked a PI case since the last one we all saw in the final episode of Season 3. She ruined her dad’s chance for re-election and she decided that that path had caused too much chaos in her life. And so she hasn’t worked a PI case in nine years. And when we meet her, she’s sort of like where Tom Cruise was in the beginning of The Firm. She’s between having graduated and taken the bar and she’s interviewing at various law firms in New York.”
Not Every Character Will Be Invited Back
Fans hoping for a reappearance by Veronica’s canine sidekick Backup are going to be sorely disappointed. “If you do the math, that’s a big dog to still be alive 13 years later," notes Thomas. "Most 100lb dogs, they get 7 or 8 years of life. It would strain credulity if the same Backup were still alive.”
Not Every Character Will Be Invited Back: Part II
In an effort to make new fans feel welcome in the Mars-verse, “I want to avoid getting deep into the Veronica Mars mythology,” says Thomas. As a result, “We’re not going to get ghost visits from Lilly, as much as I joked about having Amanda Seyfried in it. We’re not going to get into Veronica’s backlog of cases. I want to make the movie accessible for people who haven’t watched Veronica Mars before. All you need to know is that Veronica was a teenage private eye and she’s given it up. And there will be a moment early in the movie that will bring her back to Neptune and make her give being a private detective one more shot.”
The Movie Will Be Rated PG-13
Well, at least that’s what Thomas says he is “shooting for.”
Keith Will Not Be Relegated to a Cameo
Much like on the series, the father-daughter relationship between Keith and Veronica will be a “big theme” in the movie, maintains Thomas.
Veronica Doesn’t Die
“Veronica will survive the movie,” declares Thomas. “I can’t promise anyone else does though. But there will be an opportunity for Veronica do to her thing again.” As in a sequel? A 10-episode Season 4 on Netflix? “I’d be lying if I didn’t say I didn’t think of those things,” admits Thomas. “I am hopeful it is the birth of [much more] Veronica Mars.”