Garden State filmmaker and former Scrubs star Zach Braff is ready to make his sophomore directorial effort Wish I Was Here, but he needs $2 million, and he decided to go the Kickstarter route for complete control.
Unlike Veronica Mars movie that Warner Bros. will distribute, Braff’s Kickstarter is 100% independent with no studio involved.
Multi-hyphenate talent is aiming to shoot a follow-up to his 2004 hit this summer with an eye towards a Sundance 2014 debut.
Braff admitted that he was directly inspired by the Veronica Mars model to raise the funding for his next film.
He penned the script with his brother, Adam, and he will star as Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, father.
Check out more details on the official site. See the plot synopsis, which makes the parallels to Garden State even clearer, pitch video and some concept art below (and above).
Wish I Was Here is the story of Aidan Bloom (to be played by Braff), 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.