Zach Braff Kickstarting His Garden State Follow-Up, The Fantasy-Infused Wish I Was Here

Patrick Dane writes for Bleeding Cool

Ladies and gentleman, welcome to the Kickstarter age. An age where big productions are now asking you for your money in order to get their films made.

Is it wrong? Well, not especially. Probably.

At least not until Marvel Studios try to get us to fund that Howard the Duck remake that a pocket of fans are asking for.

Inspired by the success of the Veronica Mars Kickstarter, Zach Braff, star of Scrubs and director of Garden State, has stepped into the crowdfunding ring with Wish I Was Here. Just like Veronica Mars, he’s trying to achieve $2,000,000 in 30 days.

While I’m not sure if Braff is Veronica Mars popular, he certainly has a very devout and passionate following so the goal should be attainable.

Braff describes the plot of his film like this:

Wish I Was Here is the story of Aidan Bloom (played by me), a struggling actor, father and husband, who at 35 is still trying to find his identity; a purpose for his life. He and his wife are barely getting by financially and Aidan passes his time by fantasizing about being the great futuristic Space-Knight he’d always dreamed he’d be as a little kid.

When his ailing father can no longer afford to pay for private school for his two kids (ages 5 and 12) and the only available public school is on its last legs, Aidan reluctantly agrees to attempt to home-school them.

The result is some funny chaos, until Aidan decides to scrap the traditional academic curriculum and come up with his own. Through teaching them about life his way, Aidan gradually discovers some of the parts of himself he couldn’t find.

In this pitch video, Braff and some of his famous friends try to charm your hard earned cash away from you. You’ll see Braff call the movie a:

continuation of the tone of Garden State.

If you want to know what the film won’t look like, here is Braff’s doodle of the film’s characters.


If you want to know what the film might look like, here is some real previsulisation for the film.

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For the record, and maybe this will be unpopular, but I’m a big fan of Braff. Scrubs was a staple for me back in its heyday, I really loved Garden State when I first saw it and I’ve been eagerly awaiting his follow up.

It’s a shame it has taken so long but this seems like a good way forward, particularly the bits about Braff maintaining control.

The Kickstarter campaign runs for 30 days from now. So far, progress has not been Veronica Mars paced…


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