Zach Braff

In 2004 — now almost a decade ago — Zach Braff could have been called the king of the world (no offense to James Cameron). Not only was he the star of a hit TV series Scrubs, he also wrote, directed and starred in Garden State, which was a modest indie hit that seemed to strike a cord in some of its viewers. Nearly ten years later, Braff has turned to Kickstarter to fund his follow up.

Braff’s Kickstarter is for two million dollars, and the project is called Wish I Was Here. Currently this project is nearing the million dollar mark, so it seems likely that he should pass his goal on this one. Obviously, he’s following the business model of the Kristen Bell-led Veronica Mars kickstarter, which closed out with a $5.7 Million cume. The Kickstarter reveals the film’s set up, some of its art and some of the people involved with the production, which includes The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons.

What’s weird is that Braff had Garden State, which turned a profit and then some theatrically, and went on to be quite popular on home video for a while. But it seems the tides have turned against that film (there was a definite backlash that kicked in), and with AV Club writer Nathan Rabin’s invention of the term “Manic Pixie Dream Girl,” it seemed to target and decimate the set up of Braff’s relationship with Natalie Portman‘s character in that film. But even if people turned against the film, it still made money. It seems the thing that’s held Braff back is the failure of 2006′s The Last Kiss, which looked to (but failed at) recapturing that Garden State magic. But now he has a chance at it again, albeit through crowd-sourced funding.

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