Like Rob Thomas and Zach Braff before him, director Spike Lee is now turning to the internet for filmmaking funds. Following the recent success of Veronica Mars and Wish I Was Here on Kickstarter, the director has now taken to the funding platform to raise money for his upcoming film known only as “The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint.”
Lee is asking his fans to raise $1.25 million in the next 30 days for his new project, which is about human beings who are addicted to blood. On the page, Lee describes it as “funny, sexy, and bloody,” adding: “It’s not Blacula.” Lee got his start in 1986 with She’s Gotta Have It and is currently working on his remake of Oldboy.
“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,” he writes. “I have a different vision of what Cinema can be, a different vision of what some under-served Audiences might want to see.”
Donors will receive rewards such as thank-you tweets, an autographed T-shirt or an autographed DVD. But those who donate $10,000 will get the award for “All Playa-Plays:” Spike Lee himself will take you to dinner and to a courtside Knicks game at Madison Square Garden. And rest assured, your donations will be going to the right place. “As I stated in the Video, I promise on my Mother’s Grave and Right Hand to the Almighty – every Red Cent, every Wooden Nickel, every Dollar will go up on the Screen and not into my pocket,” Lee writes. “I’m not taking a Fee, your generous contributions will get this Film made.”
Check out Lee’s pitch video below and donate to his Kickstarter here.