Zach Braff's follow-up to Garden State could hit theaters as early as September 2014.
So, Wish I Was Here, Zach Braff's follow-up to Garden State looks likely to happen after 20,000 Kickstarter users pledged $1.5 million within 24 hours. The actor and director is looking for $2 million to make the movie, in which he will star as a struggling actor who had to home-school his children. "I want you to be my financiers and my audience so I can make a movie for you with no compromises," Scrubs star Braff said in his appeal to fans.
Big Bang Theory actor Jim Parsons has already agreed to co-star in the movie, while Braff's Scrubs co-star Donald Faison is likely to make a cameo appearance. The actor and writer was inspired to appeal for help for the movie after the Veronica Mars movie received the entirety of its budget from crowd-funding website Kickstarter. "I couldn't help but think maybe there is a new way to finance smaller, personal films that didn't involve signing away all your artistic control," he wrote on his donation page.
The 38-year-old mapped out a detailed plan for how the money would be spent on Wish I Was Here and how the production process would unfold. He placed emphasis on the soundtrack (Garden State's soundtrack went platinum) and said the new movie would use music in the same way. "One of the cool things about being a backer is that you can get access to weekly song picks by me, and be the first group to stream the soundtrack," he noted.
Braff even posted character sketches and confirmed that Judy Becker was on-board as production designer. She has previously worked on the award winning Silver Linings Playbook, HBO's Girls pilot, the Michael Fassbender starring movie Shame, Oscar-nominated films The Fighter and Brokeback Mountain, oh, and Garden State. In other words, Wish I Was Here is going to look great at least.
The actor was refreshingly upfront with his backers, saying it was "very expensive to shoot in Los Angeles" and therefore would shoot the movie in Vancouver or Georgia or Louisiana and "fake it to look like LA."
Donald Faison [L] and Jim Parsons [R] Will Star Alongside Braff In Wish I Was Here
So what do you get for your money?
Well, pledge $10,000 or more and you'll star in the movie. "For one of my biggest supporters, here's one of the biggest rewards. You will be a credited as a cast member of "WISH I WAS HERE". Visit us on our set and if you want, I'll put you in a scene we are shooting and write a line just for you," Braff wrote. Other benefits include naming a character, attending the premiere, and production dairies for those donating $10.
Wish I Was Here is likely to hit theaters in September 2014.