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Zach Braff Is Fast Approaching His Kickstarter Goal

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Zach Braff Is Fast Approaching His Kickstarter Goal

It looks like Zach Braff will soon gain the opportunity to helm another film

For those of you who've been hoping that writer/director/actor Zach Braff would make another movie in the vein of his 2004 unexpected indie hit "Garden State," there is potentially some great news on that front. Braff has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund his movie "Wish I Was Here."

4:30 p.m. PT update: Braff has now raised more than $1 million, more than half of his goal.

After several years of trying to get the project off the ground via the traditional studio-backed support and development, the longtime "Scrubs" actor was inspired by "Veronica Mars" creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell's highly-publicized efforts to fund their movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which earned around $5.7 million by the end of its campaign. Braff's fundraising goal is set at $2 million.

"I tried to make a couple of films within the studio system and also with traditional independent financing," he told THR. "I always hit roadblocks, whether it was having to cast a certain person or having to retain final cut with the success of 'Garden State.' With this movie, I'm so passionate about this movie I was really about to sign on the dotted line with a traditional financing arrangement, and it's been ten years, God I want to make a movie more than anything. I'll do whatever you want, I'll give away final cut, I'll put your brother in it, whatever."

"Wish I Was Here" is about a struggling actor who agrees to homeschool his young son. It was written by Braff and his brother Adam and will co-star "Big Bang Theory" fan favorite Jim Parsons. News of Braff's campaign has spread fast and already has a few celebrity fans, who took to Twitter to help promote it:

My pal @zachbraff is a brilliant filmmaker. Check out what he’s up to and get involved!! kickstarter.com/projects/18699…

— Courteney Cox (@CourteneyCox) April 24, 2013

If you love @zachbraff then please give him money.kickstarter.com/projects/18699… — Joel McHale (@joelmchale) April 24, 2013

Original Kickstarter campaign king/”Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas even gave the project some Twitter love.

Zach Braff's Kickstarter video is amazing. Nice shout out to Veronica Mars as well. kck.st/12fyTSa

— Rob Thomas (@RobThomas) April 24, 2013

As of the publication of this post, Braff's 30-day Kickstarter campaign "Wish I Was Here" exceeded $700 thousand in pledges from close to 10 thousand backers.