Zach Braff Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Fund 'Garden State' Sequel


Zach Braff


The writer and director of the Natalie Portman-starring film seeks $2 million to kick-start his upcoming project 'Wish I Was Here'.

Following the success of Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell's Kickstarter campaign in earning $5.7 million for "Veronica Mars" movie, Zach Braff has also turned to the funding platform in hopes of raising $2 million for a sequel to 2004's "Garden State", "Wish I Was Here". In about half a day, he has collected $1,045,785.

"Now financiers are fine for lots of projects and it works out perfectly for many movies, but when you're trying to make these smaller personal art films, the idea of giving final cut away to someone else, it doesn't make any sense for me," the "Scrubs" actor tells The Hollywood Reporter.

Fans can help finance the project starting from $10 to $10.000. Each level of contributions will have its own special reward, including earning a role with a line in the film as the biggest reward. "I'll do whatever you want, I'll give away final cut, I'll put your brother in it, whatever," he adds.

Penned by Braff and his brother Adam, "Wish I Were Here" centers on a struggling actor and husband Aidan Bloom who decides to home-school his kids. Using his own curriculum to teach them about life, Bloom will gradually discover some of the parts of himself he could not find.

Produced by Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg, the film is expected to start filming this August in Los Angeles with the intention of making its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014 and hitting theaters in next September.

© AceShowbiz.com


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