Zach Braff Launches $2 Million Kickstarter Campaign For 'Garden State' Sequel
After witnessing the success of the "Veronica Mars" Kickstarter.com campaign, Zach Braff has launched a $2 million online fundraiser to finance a sequel to 2004's "Garden State."
The former "Scrubs" star seeks funds to finance "Wish I Was Here." He's bribing fans with t-shirts, advanced screenings and even a chance to make a cameo in the movie.
He posted the following message on the fundraising page: "I was about to sign a typical financing deal in order to get the money to make Wish I Was Here, my follow up to Garden State. It would have involved making a lot of sacrifices I think would have ultimately hurt the film. I've been a backer for several projects on Kickstarter and thought the concept was fascinating and revolutionary for artists and innovators of all kinds. But I didn't imagine it could work on larger-scale projects. I was wrong.
"After I saw the incredible way Veronica Mars fans rallied around Kristen Bell and her show's creator Rob Thomas, I couldn't help but think (like I'm sure so many other independent filmmakers did) maybe there is a new way to finance smaller, personal films that didn't involve signing away all your artistic control.
"Financing an independent film the traditional way often means having to give away your right to the final cut, casting choices, location choices and cutting down your script to make it shoot-able on the cheapest budget possible."
"If you've liked the stuff I've made so far, I know you're going to love this. Whether you end up with a rad (good) T-shirt... or an invite to a special preview screening, you'll know that without you, this movie never would have gotten made."
The "Veronica Mars" kickstarter campaign raised more than $5.5 million in 30 days for a big-screen project based on The CW series, which aired from 2004-07.