Zach Braff has hit back at some critics who suggest he has enough money to fund Wish I Was Here.
Zach Braff looks to have secured the full $2 million to make his Garden State follow-up Wish I Was Here, though the actor and director has spoken on the need for crowd-funding websites like Kickstarter to get movies made in the current climate. Braff is one of the most recognisable television actors in the U.S having spent years as the star of Scrubs, though he is quick to play down his financial successes. Thousands of crowd-funding users had donated their cash to get Braff's new project off the ground, though some commentators on Twitter have accused the actor of cynically leveraging free money whilst having to adhere to his creative demands.
Users on the social aggregating website Reddit wondered why the star of the Scrubs couldn't put up the $2 million himself, though Braff responded "People seem to think I have Oprah Winfrey money. I've done well in my career, but I am not sitting on $22 million. I'm doing this so that one negative audience comment in a test screening won't force me to change the end of my movie." Braff also suggested he isn't asking something for nothing from his fans - the Kickstarter website is based on benefits for those who donate and those funding Wish I Was Here will receive invites to screenings and after-parties. $10,000 donors will receive a speaking role in his film. "Even the most entry-level backer will get access to an online magazine about the making of the film. If David Fincher, who I'm a huge fan of, had a video blog of the making of one of his movies, I would have been the first one there."
The Kickstarter success comes just weeks after a Veronica Mars movie attained $5.7 million on the crowd-funding website. Kristen Bell will star in the film, with production scheduled to begin this summer.
Zach Braff [L] Has Followed The Lead Set By The Makers Of The Veronica Mars Movie, Starring Kristen Bell [R]