The mods of cloud_watchers
felt like we should clarify our feelings about a new idea that seems to be picking up steam elsewhere in the internet VM community. Some diehard fans, who we're sure are sincere, would love to raise some money to help Rob Thomas create a movie version of VM. Figures like, 15 or so million
dollars have been mentioned over at Television Without Pity, and apparently The CW message board is getting some buzz too. We feel very strongly that this is a dangerous idea because of the incredible logistics of producing a Hollywood feature, and the prospect of someone coming in who's real aim is to take advantage of sincere fans.
If Rob Thomas wants to make a movie, (which we have No idea if he even does), then he has the connections to make that happen. If someone asks you to donate money to help fund a VM movie, please remember to be careful. We think the reason our campaigns were so successful was because they started off small between people who'd met each other in real life and could vouch for the fact that they were real fans with a real interest in helping the show. Then when we had some success, we could provide photographic proof that we'd done what we said we were aiming to do. But how can someone prove to you they're going to hand over thousands of dollars to Rob Thomas himself for a theoretical movie?
PayPal gives a certain amount of protection, but we think that can even fail people. It was pointed out that it didn't seem to help many of the Firefly fans who lost money when Booster Events cancelled Flanvention 2 on the eve of the con.
So please be careful. Cloud Watchers, and our website WatchVeronicaMars.net, does not support these movie fund raising ideas.
If you have interest in showing your love for the show, we suggest you donate to Invisible Children instead, since we know that's a charity that is dear to the hearts of the VM people. We'll have more on that idea in a little while. Also see the post below this one about the t-shirt idea some members have come up with.