Kristen Bell would finance 'Veronica Mars' pic

Tells THR that Warner Bros. won't release rights to property

Kristen Bell is serious about bringing the TV show she starred in, "Veronica Mars," to the big screen. The only problem? Warner Bros. still owns the rights.

The actress told The Hollywood Reporter at Wednesday's "You Again" premiere that she "absolutely would" finance a "Veronica Mars" film herself -- if the studio would release the property.

"It's a business and the sad truth is that ... they're not going to relinquish the rights to something and let us do it," Bell told THR. "We really have to do it with them because they own it."

"At this point, Warner Bros. can make it but like any studio they have research that tells them whether or not they'll make their money back," she added. "And that's what we've been told: That it's just not there. So my duty, because I wanted this movie made from the minute our show got canceled, is to a) do it before I'm 40; and b) to prove to Warner Bros. that there is an audience. You already have 3 million who watched it every week hardcore fans that will see it -- you can only build from there."

The teenage detective series, created by Rob Thomas ("90210," "Party Down"), ran for three seasons from 2004-07 and co-starred Percy Daggs III and Jason Dohring.

Bell noted that she'd be open to doing a Web series, but thinks the series deserves to be sent up with a bigger treatment.

"I would be down with doing a Web series," she said. "I think, and I don't speak for anyone else but myself, but I think that they want it grand because it is deserving of being on the big screen. I think that maybe our creators would settle for that but I think that we all really want to push for the movie if it can happen."