Zach Braff's Kickstarter film campaign reaches $2 million goal
Zach Braff's Kickstarter campaign is a success!
The former "Scrubs" actor's film campaign reached its $2 million goal on Saturday, April 27. The campaign, which launched on Wednesday, April 24, has over 28,000 backers and more continue to donate money for the film's budget.
"28,000 Financiers in 3 days," Braff Tweeted on Saturday. He later added, "I will not let you down. Let's go make a killer movie!"
Braff said he got the idea to raise money for his film after seeing the success the "Veronica Mars" film had on Kickstarter. In a video for the campaign, Braff explains that "Wish I Was Here," a movie that he co-wrote with his brother Adam, is not a sequel to his indie hit "Garden State" but it is a continuation in the movie's tone.
The actor also explained why he chose to crowd-source the financing for this project over going through the traditional studio route.
"There are money guys willing to finance the project, but in order to protect their investment, they're insisting on having final cut," he said. "Also they want to control how the film is cast."
"So let's say I wanted Jim Parsons to play the role of my friend. Okay, the money folks might say, 'What of instead of your best friend, he was sort of a sexy pool boy? And what if that sexy pool boy was played by Justin Bieber,'" Braff jokingly added.
Parsons makes a cameo appearance in the video along with Braff's "Scrubs" co-star Donald Faison and Chris Hardwick.
"Wish I Was Here" will be directed by Braff and he will also star in the film as the main character, Aidan Bloom, a 35-year-old struggling actor who agrees to attempt to home-school his two kids.
Check out the video for Braff's Kickstarter campaign below.