Wish I Was Here is playing in select theaters. If you are a fan of Zach Braff’s method, on display in Garden State and his popular run on Scrubs, you need to seek it out as soon as possible.
Following the incredible success of Garden State many observers predicted Zach Braff would evolve into one of Hollywood’s most promising and proficient young filmmakers. Thanks to some acting misfires, however, that never happened. Now, a decade later, Braff is finally back with a kinda sorta but not really spiritual follow-up to Garden State that he was forced to Kickstart.
Penned by Braff and his brother Adam, Wish I Was Here stars the former as a 35-year-old family man named Aidan Bloom, who still has childhood daydreams about being a Space-Knight. Aidan unexpectedly becomes the sole teacher to his two children when his ailing father (Patinkin) can no longer afford private school for them.
Wish I Was Here tells the story of a thirty-something man who finds himself at a major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his career, and his family. Co-written by Zach and Adam Braff, it stars Braff, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, Joey King and Pierce Gagnon.
Braff announced the end of the campaign with a post on his Twitter account with the message "Thank you, thank you, thank you. I won't let you down! Lets do this." By the time the Kickstarter campaign ended, 46,520 people backed the film.
Though better associated for her feature roles, Kate Hudson's recent credits include a recurring role on Fox's musical dramedy Glee. But it looks like she'll be headed back to the big screen as the Almost Famous star has been cast to play Zach Braff's wife in Wish I Was Here, the film which earned itself a gree light through a successful.
It's really, really hard to be an outsider sorting through this situation, but this is one of the rare situations in which an outsider really is entitled to do so-- people who put up money for Braff's film have the right to know where the money is coming from and where their own money is going, and adding in a traditional financier only makes that way more complicated
Worldwide Entertainment has agreed to fund “much of” Braff’s Wish I Was Here, an original project he and his brother, Adam, wrote that the filmmaker described as a sequel, in tone, to his hit indie film Garden State (though not a traditional sequel, at all).
I Wish I Was Here, written by brothers Zach and Adam Braff, follows Zach’s struggling actor, father and husband as he tries to figure out his life in his mid-thirties, perhaps finding his answers when his financial situation forces him to homeschool his two kids. Patinkin will play Braff’s character’s father, while Gad will play the brotherly role.
Braff basically explains that he feels like he has created a club of like-minded people. If you hate him, this club isn’t for you (obviously). But if you buy into Braff’s humor and his storytelling methods, which have been on display in Scrubs and Garden State, then he’s trying to continue to do unique and exciting things that will appeal to your sensibilities.
Hating on Garden State has long been hipster currency, and Braff's Kickstarter seemed to threaten to topple the goodwill around the crowd funding site just a month after Veronica Mars sharply raised its profile. But, as has happened so very many times, the loudest voices on the Internet were not actually the ones that mattered