Kristen Bell has joked about going into "early labour" after a successful campaign to finance the Veronica Mars film.
The 32-year-old actress, who portrayed the eponymous student-turned-private investigator, and creator Rob Thomas launched a Kickstarter drive to raise two million US dollars to help fund the big-screen adaptation of the cult TV series, which ran for three seasons until it was cancelled in 2007.
Around 2.5 million US dollars from around 30,000 devoted fans were pledged in under twelve hours for the campaign, which could now see the film coming to fruition.
Kristen, who is expecting her first child with fiance Dax Shepard, admitted she is "speechless" with the result.
"All this excitement is prolly gonna send me into early labor. #iamsoexcited," she tweeted.
She later wrote: "#VERONICAMARSMOVIE just beat @kickstarter record! 1 million in 4 hours!!! You guys are amazing!!!!! I love you guys. You are all SO spectacular. I am speechless."
She also joked to the new Pope Francis, writing: "Dear Pope: I'm sorry VM fans stole ur thunder on ur 1st day. I mean, I'm not really that sorry, but I thought it would be polite 2 say so. xo"
According to Deadline, Warner Bros would sign on if two million US dollars were pledged.
Rob said: "Almost since Veronica Mars went off the air, there's been talk of making a movie. I've always wanted to make a Veronica Mars movie. I love writing these characters and working with these actors. Kristen Bell has always wanted to make the movie.
"If the project is successful, our plan is to go into production this summer and the movie will be released in early 2014."