The Backstreet Boys taking a little downtime from their worldwide 20th anniversary tour (feel old yet?), so the blonde one, Nick Carter is going ahead and pursuing what he calls his "other" passion: Filmmaking.
Specifically, Nick Carter would like to make horror films. More specifically, he would like you to help him.
Inspired by the success of Zach Braff, and Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas, Carter has taken to crowdfunding in an effort to "gauge interest" and raise money for his first venture into horror films, Evil Blessings. He launched an Indiegogo page for donations yesterday, and kicked it off by donating $5 to the project himself, because that's how bad he wants to make this movie.
From the page:
Hi, I'm Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys. Most of you already know that I'm passionate about music, but what you don't know, is that I'm a HUGE horror fan as well. To that end, I'm about to start down the path of my other dream: to become a film producer and screenwriter. And my first venture is to produce a horror film I also co-wrote and star in called 'EVIL BLESSINGS'.
The reason I'm looking to crowd fund this film is because it not only helps me to gauge interest in this project, but it gives my fans out there an opportunity to get access to what I'm doing that I wouldn't be able to offer elsewhere. Having seen what a great community there is on Indiegogo supporting each other to make passion projects happen, this feels like the best way to do it.
He goes on to explain that Crazy Heart producer Rob Carliner is involved in the project, and that he will be "fund matching a portion of all the funds raised" so that he can ensure the project will be made. He says this in all caps for some reason, and does not specify what "a portion" means. So, there's that.
Carter is asking for $85,000 total, and, (kind of surprisingly) he's already earned about $15,800 since posting the page. Rewards raise from a "special thanks" credit in the film for $5, to an "executive producer" credit and tickets to the premiere and after-party for $10,000. That's sort of a bullshit reward for $10,000 though, we have to say—like, Spike Lee offered the opportunity to go to dinner and sit courtside at a Knicks game with him for $10,000 on his Kickstarter page, and he labeled that option as only for "playa-playas." Nick Carter should probably rethink his strategy here.
There's no mention of what the film is actually about, but there's a poster:
So, y'know, if you're into that, you can check out the project's page here. There are 46 days until the campaign ends.