More VERONICA MARS on the Way: Rob Thomas Lands Book Series

As the theme song states, 'a long time ago' VERONICA MARS didn't have any friends - better yet, she was cancelled by The CW.

Now, six years later, there's the Kickstarter-funded film on the way, and as of today, series creator Rob Thomas has landed a book deal to continue the story of the teenage P.I. turned law student.

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Thomas is set to pen two upcoming mystery novels, focusing on an adult Veronica and set after the film, for Vintage Books. Thomas will partner with Alloy Entertainment for the pair, the first of which is tentatively slated for a Spring 2014 release.

"I started my career as a novelist," Thomas told THR. "Veronica Mars was first imagined as a novel. I'm thrilled that I'm going to get the opportunity to continue telling Veronica Mars stories in a form I've loved and missed."

Thomas, however, isn't the only one eager to get the words flowing on a MARS book series.

"Veronica Mars has always been a one-of-a-kind character, and, as a longtime fan of the series, I've always thought there is an immense amount of story left to be told," Andrea Robinson, an editor at Vintage said. "Our goal for the book series is to appeal to fans of the show, but also to appeal to mystery readers and lovers of series featuring strong, intriguing female protagonists.Veronica Mars is a contemporary update to the tradition of noir crime fiction that was established by Vintage's Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, so it's exciting that we'll also publish her here."

The film became one of the most successful Kickstarter projects in history this March, raising over $5.7 million - thanks to the show's Cult following, the film hit its goal of $2 million in just half-a-day into the one-month deadline.

At the time, Thomas outlined a portion of the film's potential plot, writing:

"Life has taken Veronica away from Neptune. In the years since spoiling Keith's chances to be reelected sheriff, Veronica hasn't taken a case. But something big is about to bring her back home and back to her calling. 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."

Production on the MARS movie is now underway, and set for an early 2014 release.

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