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Zach Braff Nabs Millions in Traditional Funding for Kickstarter-Funded ‘Wish I Was Here,’ Casts Anna Kendrick UPDATE

Zach Braff Nabs Millions in Traditional Funding for Kickstarter-Funded 'Wish I Was Here,' Casts Anna Kendrick UPDATE

UPDATE: Zach Braff’s successful if controversial Kickstarter campaign for his next project “Wish I Was Here” — which has raised over $2.6 million still with days to go — has now helped the writer-director to land millions of dollars in traditional funding for the project, from Worldview Entertainment. The budget of the film is reportedly less than $10 million, with funds coming from Kickstarter, and gap funds from Worldview and foreign pre-sales from Wild Bunch.

Braff was criticized harshly for his decision to Kickstart the film, with many claiming that crowd-funding should be for those projects without the possibility of traditional financing. Braff mentions in his Kickstarter mission statement that “financing an independent film the traditional way often means having to give away your right to ‘final cut.'” This new development will no doubt fuel the fire of his critics’ grievances.

In other multi-millionaires-who-turn-to-crowdfunding news, reportedly Ron Howard and Howard Grazer are following in the footsteps of the “Veronica Mars” success and planning just such a method for financing a “Friday Night Lights” film. 

Meanwhile, Braff has now cast Anna Kendrick in “Wish I Was Here,” who joins Josh Gad (Tony-nominated for “The Book of Mormon”) and Mandy Patinkin of “Homeland.” 

Braff will direct and star in the film, which he promises is a tonal follow-up to his 2004 film “Garden State.” He wrote the screenplay with his brother Adam. It follows a struggling actor (Braff), who is trying to find his purpose in life. Kendrick will play a young woman who’s into Cosplay with Braff’s character’s brother (Gad), while Patinkin will play Braff’s father.

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