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Does this mean there’s going to be a full refund? A “kick the money back to my fans” campaign?
Zach Braff might want to consider that, now that the film he asked his dedicated fanbase to partially fund has received full funding from an outside source. THR reports that 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).
Said Worldview CEO Christopher Woodrow in a statement, "Zach has proven again that he is a creative force in independent film, and we were immediately drawn to his powerful and unique story."
So were a lot of Braff’s dedicated fans. His Kickstarter soared past the $2 million mark that he set on KS. Then he addressed the inevitable backlash, which earned him some bonus points with haters. Plus, there has been a lot of movement on the film’s front, including the recent casting of Book of Mormon co-star Josh Gad and the great Mandy Patinkin.
The trade does say that with Braff securing financing for his film, a “small percentage of the money raised [through the online campaign] will be returned in the form of a fee to Kickstarter.” But not to the people who donated. Apparently by showing their interest with their generous donations, they convinced Worldwide that Braff is a filmmaker with a following, and now they are banking on those people to show up at the box office when Wish I Was Here finally opens.