If you were fourteen years old and living in New Jersey when Garden State came out, yes, it was probably a pretty life-changing movie for you. Otherwise, I’m still quite sure it was a hit, bringing in $35 million and establishing Zach Braff as more than just the lovable J.D. on Scrubs. And nine years since the indie drama’s release, Braff is now campaigning to get this second feature made via Kickstarter.
After parting with traditional funding in hopes to have total control over the project, Wish I Was Here
is the writer/director’s latest film written with his brother Adam, and he’s looking for a solid $2 in the next 30 days to gain the funds to get this ball rolling after seeing the success of the Veronica Mars
Kickstarter campaign. According to Braff and the official website
for Wish I Was Here,
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.
Well okay, Zach you have my attention and I am more than sure there will be a slew of fans eager to hop onto the project as well. The only thing left to do is call Frou Frou to see if she’s available to score the crescendo the feature.
Check out the campaign video below and some character designs.
Here’s a little behind-the-scenes look at how things work at BlackBook: I saw online that Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas (not the dude from Matchbox Twenty, as I just learned) and the show’s star Kristen Bell launched a Kickstarter campaign that is hoping to raise two million dollars to make a movie based on the series, which was cancelled after three seasons in 2007. I never watched that show, despite the intentions of many of my friends to get me to watch it, because the concept sounded preposterous. (I say that having willingly watched the entire first season of Smash.) I turned to both of my coworkers and said, "Hey, did either of you watch Veronica Mars?" Both of them stared back, blankly, and said no. "Oh, hm," I replied, thinking, "Perhaps someone with the knowledge of this show should write a post about it." And then I realized that writing blog posts about entertainment news requires very little skill and knowledge! So, basically, here is the Kickstarter campaign for the Veronica Mars movie.
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