It looks like Spike Lee is following in the footsteps of Zach Braff and Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas: For his next feature film project, Lee has taken to Kickstarter in an effort to raise $1.25 million over the next month to ensure the film will eventually see the light of day.
The Kickstarter, which can be viewed here, will close on August 21st. At the time of this post, Lee has raised $15,641 of his $1.25 million goal, with 286 people having donated so far. Rewards for donating range from a special thanks tweet from Lee himself for $5, to getting an opportunity to go to dinner and sit courtside at a Knicks game with Lee himself for $10,000 (this reward is for "all playa-playas," according to Lee).
Not much info is given about the movie in the description, but Lee does say that it will be the "newest, hottest Spike Lee joint" about "human beings who are addicted to blood. Funny, sexy, and bloody (and it's not "Blacula")..."
He also explains that he turned to Kickstarter to raise the money:
With the current climate in The Hollywood Studio System it's not an encouraging look for Independent Filmmakers. I'm not hating, just stating the facts. Super Heroes, Comic Books, 3D Special EFX, Blowing up the Planet Nine Times and Fly through the Air while Transforming is not my Thang. To me it's not just that these Films are being made but it seems like these are the only films getting made. To The Studios it seems like every Film must be a Home run on a Global scale, a Tent Pole Enterprise, able to spin off Sequel after Sequel after Sequel after Sequel after Sequel after Sequel.
I have a different vision of what Cinema can be, a different vision of what some under-served Audiences might want to see. That is why I am here on KICKSTARTER, to raise the Funds for The New Spike Lee Joint, to get this BAD BOY financed. Nothing in Life is Free and if you want something you got to pay for it. If you have liked any of my Films in the past, this is the price it costs to see another one (which can be less than the cost of one Movie Ticket). We feel the different levels on contributions make it affordable for everyone to GET DOWN FOR THE CAUSE.
Spike Lee, why are you capitalizing such random words and phrases?
Lee's next film, a remake of Oldboy, is set to hit theaters this October.