The filmmaker seeks $1.25 million in crowd funding for next project.
Spike Lee's Kickstarter campaign to finance his next film just got one hell of a kick-start from fellow filmmaker Steven Soderbergh.
The Magic Mike director has pledged $10,000 to Lee's campaign, his rep confirms. But don't assume his generous donation is entirely selfless. "I can confirm that Steven indeed supports his fellow filmmakers, especially when that support leads to court-side seats for the Knicks," his rep says cheekily, referring to Lee's offer to gift any donors of $10,000 or more a chance to attend a New York Knicks game with him.
Lee launched his Kickstarter campaign just two days ago to raise $1.25 million for his next project, which he dubs a "funny, sexy and bloody" film about human beings addicted to blood. He's already raised over $100,000 with over 28 days to go to reach his goal. According to Kickstarter rules, if Lee does not raise the full amount by August 21, he doesn't get any of the money. This technicality proved disastrous for Shemar Moore, whose own Kickstarter campaign for his romantic comedy The Bounce Back failed to reach its goal.
Hopefully Lee, who has agreed not to take a fee for the indie project, will have better luck. Looks like he's on his way. One of Hollywood's most prolific directors, his films include such classics as Do the Right Thing, Boyz 'N the Hood and Inside Man. He recently wrapped production on Old Boy starring Josh Brolin and is attached to direct a project based on Mike Tyson's Broadway hit, Undisputed Truth.
To contribute to Lee's campaign or learn more, visit his Kickstarter page here.
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