Spike Lee has joined the quickly growing group of celebrities turning to crowdfunding for their upcoming films. Lee is looking to raise $1.25 million on Kickstarter for his next project, which will center on “human beings who are addicted to blood.”
Lee states at the top of the his Kickstarter page that his film will be “funny, sexy and bloody (but it’s not ‘Blacula’).”
“Every red cent, every wooden nickel will go on the screen,” Lee promises in his Kickstarter promo video (below), mentioning the mega successes of “Veronica Mars” and Zach Braff’s upcoming film through the site. “The climate has changed,” he says of the need for well-known filmmakers and properties to turn to crowdfunding.
Not everyone feels this way. Director Kevin Smith recently said in a KCRW interview that he won’t use Kickstarter or other crowdfunding platforms as a means for financial backing for “Clerks III.” Why? It’s a no-brainer: “I have access to money.”
Meanwhile, Lee’s “Oldboy,” a remake of the Korean thriller by Park Chan-wook, hits theaters October 25 (trailer here).