Zach Braff, partially inspired by the Kickstarter success of the upcoming "Veronica Mars" film, has launched his own Kickstarter campaign in hopes of raising enough money to finance his follow-up to "Garden State."
The former "Scrubs" star appears in a video, which can be seen below, where he speaks about the project, a film titled "Wish I Was Here." The movie was co-written by Braff and his brother Adam and Braff is seeking to raise $2 million for the film. So far, at the time of this writing, the movie has raised over $733,000 with 30 days to meet its goal.
So why is Braff seeking to crowd-source his next project instead of going through the traditional studio route? The actor explains in the video, "There are money guys willing to finance the project, but in order to protect their investment, they're insisting on having final cut. Also they want to control how the film is cast."
"So let's say I wanted Jim Parsons to play the role of my friend. Okay, the money folks might say, 'What of instead of your best friend, he was sort of a sexy pool boy? And what if that sexy pool boy was played by Justin Bieber,'" Braff jokingly added.
The video takes a funny turn when Jim Parsons appears and tells Braff, "I want to play a sexy pool boy!"
Other celebrity cameos in the video include Braff's "Scrubs" co-star Donald Faison and Chris Hardwick. Braff also explains "Wish I Was Here" is not a sequel to "Garden State" but more of a continuation of the tone of "Garden State."
"Wish I Was Here" will be directed by Braff and he will also star in the film as the main character, Aidan Bloom. Bloom is a 35-year-old struggling actor and a father who agrees to attempt to home-school his two kids.
Braff's campaign write-up also includes a doodle of some of the characters in the film and the campaign includes rewards for different levels of financial contributions. One hundred people who donate $200 or more will be able to attend an advance screening of the movie and Q&A session in Los Angeles. Twenty people who pledge $2,500 or more can be an extra in the movie and one $10,000 pledge will mean that one person will become a cast member of the movie.
Check out the video for Braff's Kickstarter campaign below.