'Veronica Mars': Rob Thomas signs book deal to continue the story

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veronica-mars-movie-kickstarter-kristen-bell-last-record-broken-upn.jpgThe "Veronica Mars" movie is still in production, but planning for sequels -- of a sort, anyway -- is already underway.

Series creator Rob Thomas has signed with Alloy Entertainment, publisher of the "Gossip Girl" and "Vampire Diaries" novels, to write a pair of books that follows the adult Veronica. The books, published by Vintage, will pick up her life after the events of the movie, which centers on Veronica's ( Kristen Bell) 10-year high school reunion.

(Alloy, incidentally, is a division of Warner Bros. Television Group, which owns "Veronica Mars.")

"I started my career as a novelist. '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 tells The Hollywood Reporter.

Thomas will develop and co-write the book series, THR says, although his co-author has yet to be named. The "Veronica Mars" movie is scheduled for release next spring, and the first book is likely to hit shelves soon afterward.
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