In some ways the incredible success of the Veronica Mars Kickstarter campaign hurt other potential high-profile projects searching for fan funding because it's certainly a tough act to follow. Not for Zach Braff, though, who was inspired by the Veronica Mars campaign to take his next movie (and first since 2004's Garden State) to Kickstarter in the hopes of raising at least $2 million. Here's where you might think a guy like Zach Braff should totally be able to land that financing somewhere else, and he admits that he did, except he wanted complete control of the project and feels doing it this way gives him exactly that.
The film, titled Wish I Was Here, sounds sort of like a spiritual sequel to Garden State. It doesn't feature the same characters, but Braff admits the tone is the same -- in that Garden State was a movie about finding yourself in your 20s, and Wish I Was Here is one about finding yourself in your 30s.
Braff claims that Jim Parsons will be playing his best friend in the movie, along with an appearance from Donald Faison. Nerdist's Chris Hardwicke also shows up in his pitch video, with Braff claiming he'll be there to help out with the Comic-Con sequences? Wait, they're going to Comic-Con? Here, watch the video...
Here's the film's synopsis:
"Wish I Was Here is the story of Aidan Bloom (played by me), a struggling actor, father and husband, who at 35 is still trying to find his identity; a purpose for his life. He and his wife are barely getting by financially and Aidan passes his time by fantasizing about being the great futuristic Space-Knight he'd always dreamed he'd be as a little kid.
When his ailing father can no longer afford to pay for private school for his two kids (ages 5 and 12) and the only available public school is on its last legs, Aidan reluctantly agrees to attempt to home-school them.
The result is some funny chaos, until Aidan decides to scrap the traditional academic curriculum and come up with his own. Through teaching them about life his way, Aidan gradually discovers some of the parts of himself he couldn't find.
Braff also included this pieces of concept art from the film's opening fantasy sequence, along with character designs (see above; note the film is not animated). Here's the full Kickstarter page
, which has surpassed $1 million as of this writing.
What do you think? Does this sound like something you want to help finance?