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:
— Courteney Cox (@CourteneyCox) 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.