Over 28,000 backers contributed money to the actor/director's 'Wish I Was Here' film project

Zach Braff has secured the $2million Kickstarter target to fund his new movie Wish I Was Here.

The actor-cum-director used the crowd-funding site to raise money to film the follow-up to his highly-successful 2008 film Garden State. Yesterday (April 27), the former Scrubs star announced on Twitter that he had reached his target just three days after launching the Kickstarter, with over 28,000 financers contributing money to be an extra in the film.

He wrote:

Braff was inspired to use Kickstarter to fund his new movie after seeing the success of the Veronica Mars funding drive, which earned $5.7million (£3.71million) to allow the creators of the TV show to make a movie.

Speaking last week about the project to The Hollywood Reporter, Braff explained why he chose the Kickstarter route: “Now financiers are fine for lots of projects and it works out perfectly for many movies, but when you’re trying to make these smaller personal art films, the idea of giving final cut away to someone else, it doesn’t make any sense for me.”

Wish I Was Here has been written by Zach and his brother Adam Braff. The film stars Zach as Adam Bloom, a struggling actor who fantasises about his childhood sci-fi superhero.