Spike Lee may not have necessarily needed the money, but he got it anyway. The acclaimed director, who launched a Kickstarter campaign last month to fund a new film project, came up with more than $1.4 million in contributions by Wednesday afternoon’s final deadline. No stranger to small budget films like his first feature film She's Gotta Have It, which he shot in two weeks for $175,000, Lee set a goal of $1.25 million over 30 days.
Despite the haul, he's not the cinematic king of Kickstarter, as Zach Braff raised $3.1 million to produce a Garden State sequel and the Veronica Mars movie project brought in $5.7 million in donations. Lee's campaign did entice almost 6,500 backers. In return for donations, Lee offered up everything from signed memorabilia to courtside seats, next to him, at a Knicks game for a cool $10,000. What the film will be about exactly is still a mystery.
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