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by Paula Bernstein
July 23, 2013 3:18 PM
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Steven Soderbergh Backs Spike Lee's Kickstarter Campaign

Spike Lee's gotta have it... and apparently, Steven Soderbergh is willing to to do the right thing and pledge $10,000.

We're talking, of course, about Spike Lee's new Kickstarter campaign, launched yesterday, for his next project, an untitled film about "human beings who are addicted to blood," according to Lee's Kickstarter page for "The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint."

Lee has 28 more days in which to meet his goal of $1.25 million and he's already broken the $100,000 mark, in part with $10,000 from Soderbergh. Lee told NextMovie that Soderbergh invested in the project at the highest pledge level, $10,000. On his page, Lee promises to take anyone pledging $10,0000 out to dinner and to see The New York Knicks (in Lee's courtside seats).

"I'm taking him to dinner and we're going to the game together," Lee said to NextMovie. "I don't even know if he likes sports! So I'm gonna pick the game for him."

Lee tweeted his appreciation, "Super Shoutout To My Man Director Steven Soderbergh Who Pledges $10,000 To Have Dinner And SIt Courtside With Me To See NY Knicks. THANK YOU."

It's unclear if there's a script for the project, which Lee describes on his Kickstarter page as "funny, sexy, and bloody (and it's not 'Blacula'). "I promise you, my hand to God and my mother's grave every red cent, every wooden nickle, will go on the screen," he tells prospective backers.

In addition to Soderbergh, two other backers have pledged at the $10,000 level. For only $750, you can lay claim to a pair of Lee's previously worn Nikes.

Soderbergh and Lee met at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival where they each had films screening ("Sex, Lies and Videotape" and "Do the Right Thing").

Check out the campaign video below, and visit the page here.


  • Sterling Cooper | July 26, 2013 12:52 PMReply

    When millionaires back millionaires on Kickstarter, the site has become a mockery and abstraction of itself, and defeats the purpose. The rules need to change.

  • DJ | July 23, 2013 9:41 PMReply

    Waiting for Tarantino's $10k pledge. Should be one big happy family at the Garden.

  • Ha | July 23, 2013 7:42 PMReply

    He should ask Tyler Perry for it . LOL

  • Susie Kent | July 23, 2013 6:07 PMReply

    Fine filmmaker, and one I would consider making a substantial invest in. However, gifting him, or any other artist is another matter. Do they not stand to gain if the film is a success?

  • Washington | July 24, 2013 6:09 AM

    You don't invest in a kickstarter, you donate. It's patronage.

  • LeonRaymond | July 23, 2013 5:57 PMReply

    Damn fool should have made Steven Soderbergh a producer instead asking these lost ass up NBA Ball Players

  • Bombastard | July 23, 2013 3:48 PMReply

    I'm so happy to see that the rich are still enabling the rich. It's a touching moment.