Zach Braff’s Kickstarter film hit by funding controversy

Kickstarter backers have pledged over $2 million, but an indie film company is topping up the budget

Zach Braff‘s Kickstarter film project has been hit by controversy after it emerged that a significant portion of the production budget will actually be provided by a New York-based film company.

Braff launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for his new film Wish I Was Here on April 24 and just three days later he hit his $2 million (1.3 million) target. As of today (May 17), over $2.6 million (£1.7 million) has been pledged by around 39,000 backers.

However, earlier this week The Hollywood Reporter revealed that an independent film company called Worldview Entertainment has stepped in to top up the budget. Braff himself will also chip in with some of his own cash.

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In response, Braff has posted a message on Wish I Was Here‘s Kickstarter page in a bid to defend himself and clarify the rather complicated funding situation. “I have said on here and in every interview I’ve done on this project that the film would be fully financed from three sources: my Kickstarter backers, my own money and pre-selling foreign theatrical distribution,” he writes.

“Those three amounts will bring us to a budget of around 5 to 6 million dollars (£3.3 million to £3.9 million). Nothing about the making of this movie has changed. This movie is happening because backers funded it.”

As well as directing the film and co-writing the script, Braff will star as Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor who reluctantly agrees to home-school his father’s two young sons. “The result,” Braff teases, “is some funny chaos, until Aidan decides to scrap the traditional academic curriculum and come up with his own.”

The cast also includes Pitch Perfect‘s Anna Kendrick, Mandy Patinkin from Homeland and The Book Of Mormon actor Josh Gad. Shooting is due to begin in LA this summer (2013).

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