Spike Lee has spoken a lot lately about the film industry and the whole idea behind filmmakers using Kickstarter as a tool to create projects they're passionate about instead of attempting to go through studios—but when it comes to the subject of his own project on Kickstarter, he's remained mum on the plot, casting ideas, and even the name. Up until now, the project has just been described on the Kickstarter page as being about "human beings who are addicted to Blood. Funny, Sexy and Bloody. A new kind of love story (and not a remake of Blacula)."
15 days into the Kickstarter-ing, though, we finally have a couple of updates about the movie: A cool and very Spike Lee-style teaser poster, and one bit of casting news. The poster, which can be seen above, tells us nothing about the film and doesn't even offer a name, but it does affirm the fact that the film will be about not-vampire people addicted to human blood. Spoilers, from this guy? Forget about it.
As for the casting news—the female lead role has been offered to Zaraah Abrahams, a British actress best known for her stint on the UK soap Waterloo Road.
Lee explained his decision in an announcement:
I first saw Zaraah in BLACK GIRL IN PARIS, this is a NYU GRAD Thesis Film Directed by Kiandra Parks, a Student of mine. I remember Kiandra screening a rough cut of her film in my NYU Office, as I watched I kept being drawn to the Co-Star, she was dominating this 20 Minute Film. After the screening was done I told Kiandra that “She had a very good film” and “Who is the Co-Star? What is her name? Where did she come from? How did you find her? How come she is the Co-Star and not the lead? I need to get in touch with her.” I tracked her down and Zarrah is even better than I thought. If I know anything, I know Young Talent. These are Individuals who have that special something, a true gift from God and they only need the platform, the vehicle to “SHOW DA WORLD” what they got.
The project has earned a total of $703,809 so far, and with 15 days to go, it seems likely that Lee will reach his goal of $1,250,000 this month.