The very rich Zach Braff's Kickstarter-funded Garden State sequel will see the light of a movie projector. His project reached its fundraising goal Saturday afternoon and has another 24 days to rack up as much money as possible.
Braff made a plea on Kickstarter earlier this week for fans to donate $2 million so he can make Wish I Was Here, a spiritual sequel to his 2004 hit Garden State. (Braff didn't elaborate on how this movie would differentiate from every other movie he's ever done since Garden State.) It took Braff's project slightly longer than the Veronica Mars movie project to achieve its fundraising goal. The Mars movie only needed ten hours to reach $2 million, whereas Braff needed four days. Just shy of 29,000 people have pushed it to $2,028,021 as of press time.
"28,000 Financiers in 3 days! Un-f-cking I will not let you down. Let's go make a killer movie!" he exclaimed, shortly after the project passed their proposed funding threshold. On Friday night, as the project was closing in on its goal, Braff was quite appreciative. "Dear Fans, I cannot believe your unbelievable support for WIWH. I wish I could hug each and every one of you," he said.
He's already asking bands to be on the soundtrack again.
So there you have it. 28,000 people are paying Zach Braff to make the most Braff-ian movie he possibly can -- a freaking sequel to Garden State for heaven's sake -- so they can pay him again when they buy tickets at the theater to see this terrible movie.
The problems with celebrities on Kickstarter are well worn at this point. Our Richard Lawson went over these problems first when the Veronica Mars project appeared, and then again earlier this week when Braff made his plea to fans for money because the studio suits were allegedly going to ruin his movie. The short version: giving money to famous rich people to do something creative is silly and irresponsible. The whole world needs better financial advice. Or at least to be taught the value of a dollar. Someone was loony enough to pledge $10,000 to be in this stupid thing. That person should not have that much money.
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