Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, July 23, 2013
Fresh off the success of the “Veronica Mars” and “Wish I was here” Kickstarter projects, director Spike Lee has turned to the crowdsourcing site to raise funds for his next film.
The “Malcolm X” director is asking fans for a mere $1.5 million to fund a movie about people’s addiction to blood. It will also be “funny, sexy and bloody (and it’s not ‘Blacula’),” according to the project’s Kickstarter page.
In return for contributing to the project, fans will get various rewards, from a Tweet of thanks to an autographed DVD and a phone call from Lee himself. Anyone who donates $10,000 gets the grand enchilada – dinner and tickets to a New York Knicks game with Lee.
“With the current climate in The Hollywood Studio System it’s not an encouraging look for Independent Filmmakers,” Lee wrote on the Kickstarter page. “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.”
“Filmmaking is what I do. Filmmaking is what I love,” he added. “And you guys, help me keep it going, ’cause this is a [mickey flickey] tough business. I’m gonna keep fighting the powers that be.”
Unlike the Veronica Mars movie, however, which reached its initial fundraising goal of $2 million in less than a day, Lee’s endeavor is far from funded at this point, mustering just $74,588 during its first 21 hours.