Just three days after Zach Braff posted his hotly-anticipated-by-someone-apparently Garden State follow-up on Kickstarter, Wish I Was Here has already hit its $2 million fundraising goal. An anxious nation can now rest easy, knowing that Braff will be able to film his tale of a struggling thirtysomething actor who home-schools his kids — while having expensive dream sequences about being a Space-Knight with a Flying Robot-Squire. One particularly deep-pocketed Braff supporter made a $10,000 donation, therefore earning the most prized reward: Being a cast member in Wish I Was Here, which involves speaking a line of dialogue written by Zach Braff. (SPOILER ALERT: The dialogue will be melancholy, but whimsical.) READ FULL STORY »
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Zach Braff just became the second most high-profile film project on Kickstarter — and he wasn’t quite expecting all the attention. “I feel like one of those people who you hear the stories about, actors get woken up early because they won some award,” Braff told us this morning on the heels of the announcement of his next directorial project, Wish I Was Here, for which he’s hoping to raise $2 million through Kickstarter.
Fans of either Braff or Kickstarter will be quick to assume two things about the project: That Wish I Was Here is Garden State-y (or Scrubs: The Movie) and that Braff has only jumped onto the platform after seeing the massive, $5.7 million success it gave to Rob Thomas’ Veronica Mars. Both assumptions are both right and wrong.
With the April 12 end date for the Veronica Mars Kickstarter project looming, a director’s cut of its launch video featuring 42 seconds of additional footage was released Sunday to goose the project to an ambitious new goal.
With $4.8 million raised from 73,202 backers, the project has already far exceeded its initial goal of $2 million, the amount that Warner Bros. said it would need to greenlight and distribute the film. But now it has a new one in mind: to become the most-supported Kickstarter ever. To do that it needs to best Double Fine Adventure, which netted 87,142 backers last year.
Veronica Mars series creator Rob Thomas announced last week the addition of a $1 pledge level to help bolster the campaign to its new goal. On Friday, Thomas revealed that he had finished a first draft.
Check out the Veronica Mars Project: Director’s Cut video below.
David Fincher may be a big-name director, but that doesn’t mean his name alone can turn dream projects into reality. Take The Goon, Fincher and Blur Studio’s proposed animated adaptation of Eric Powell’s inventively manic Dark Horse comic series. Despite the creation of a three-minute “proof of concept” teaser that has been making the rounds on the Internet since 2010, Hollywood still hasn’t taken the bait. So that’s why the studio and The Social Network director are bypassing the traditional greenlighting process and going straight to the public. A Kickstarter campaign launched today aims to raise $400,000 in the next month to fund an extended story reel — “a complete look at the film’s potential” — that would be used to convince studios to pick up the film.
The comics are a winkingly over-the-top salmagundi of zombies, robots, monsters, and gangster archetypes, and follows the crackling and un-PG adventures of the hulking Goon and his quick-patter companion, Franky. Actors Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti, who lent their voices to the original pitch video, are set to reprise their roles. The Kickstarter page claims that while that video was well-received, more is required to sway the suits, considering it “isn’t a sequel or filled with dancing animals.”
Fincher also teamed up with Blur Studio’s Tim Miller and Jeff Fowler for this funny (and multi-targeted) launch video. READ FULL STORY »
If a fat kid really did rule the world, then a movie version of KL Going‘s 2003 book Fat Kid Rules The World would have hit cinema screens years ago. But it took actor-turned-first-time director Matthew Lillard (Scream, The Descendants) almost a decade to get his adaptation of the young adult novel in the can and a subsequent, successful Kickstarter campaign to guarantee a run in theaters. (The film opens this Friday at New York’s Cinema Village, followed by a nationwide roll out. Fat Kid Rules The World will also be available on VOD and iTunes on Oct. 25.)
Below, Lillard talks about making this tale of an overweight, suicidal high schooler, played by Jacob Wysocki (ABC Family’s Huge), who is recruited to play drums in a band called the Tectonics by Matt O’Leary’s charismatic, drug-addicted guitarist.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You are one of the film industry’s lankier performers…
MATTHEW LILLARD: [Laughs] I used to be, that’s for sure. READ FULL STORY »
Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman can’t possibly have any more indie cred, right? Just look at his work: Being John Malkovich. Adaptation. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Well, he done outdid himself this time. Looking to forgo the big-studio process, Kaufman has teamed with recently-ousted Community creator Dan Harmon and former Community actor Dino Stamatopoulos to bring Kaufman’s stop-motion project Anomalisa to life via Kickstarter. Harmon and Stamatopoulos are the brains behind Starburns Industries, which produced the Emmy-winning stop-motion Christmas episode of Community. READ FULL STORY »
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