The latest big name to get in the game: Spike Lee, whose remake of Park Chan-wook’s 2003 thriller Oldboy comes to theaters this October. Lee is currently seeking $1.25 million to fund his next joint, a yet-unnamed movie about “human beings who are addicted to blood.” (And no, he adds parenthetically, “it’s not Blacula.”)
Why does an established, Oscar-nominated director need to crowdsource in order to make a movie? Because the independent film world’s climate has changed, according to Lee: “The only way to ensure as an independent filmmaker that your vision is on the screen is when you bring the money to the table,” he says in this explanatory video, helpfully set to the strains of “Fight the Power.”
“My first feature film was She’s Gotta Have It,” he continues. “We shot it in the summer of 1985, 12 days, two six-day weeks, for $175,000. But now, that can’t work.”
Lee expands on this in a letter addressed to the “faithful,” which he also posted on the project’s Kickstarter page:
Those who support the nameless film will be entitled to all sorts of fun rewards — including a special “thanks tweet” from Lee himself, an autographed pair of Nikes worn by Lee, an Associate Producer credit, and the biggest ticket of all (for those with $10,000 to spare). Take it away, Spike!
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