Zach Braff hopes for Garden State sequel

Actor Zach Braff hopes fans will help raise funds for his new independent movie. Photo / AP
Actor Zach Braff hopes fans will help raise funds for his new independent movie. Photo / AP

Zach Braff wants his fans to help finance his new movie.

The Oz: The Great and Powerful star wants to emulate the success of the fundraising campaign run by his pal Kristen Bell through Kickstarter.com recently, by raising $2 million through donations for the independent sequel to his 2004 hit movie Garden State by May 24.

The 38-year-old actor reached out to the public in a funny pitch video, featuring cameos from his former Scrubs co-star Donald Faison, as well as The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons and comedian Chris Hardwick, in a bid to raise money for his next feature called Wish I Was Here, which he co-wrote with his brother Adam.

He said: "I was about to sign a typical financing deal in order to get the money to make Wish I Was Here, my follow up to Garden State. It would have involved making a lot of sacrifices I think would have ultimately hurt the film.

"After I saw the incredible way Veronica Mars fans rallied around Kristen Bell and her show's creator Rob Thomas, I couldn't help but think (like I'm sure so many other independent filmmakers did) maybe there is a new way to finance smaller, personal films that didn't involve signing away all your artistic control."

Earlier this month, the Veronica Mars film campaign raised $5.7 million.

The movie - which would see Kristen Bell reprise her role as the witty private investigator from the original TV series - will go into production this summer after exceeding its $2 million goal in a grass-roots fundraising campaign.

Warner Bros, though initially hesitant to greenlight the project, eventually agreed to fund marketing and distribution for the movie if Thomas and Bell could raise the capital to make it.

- Bang! Showbiz

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