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Zach Braff lands full financing for Garden State follow-up

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May 15, 2013 | 6:05pm EDT

Actor Zach Braff has been given the green-light to start production on his crowd-sourced new movie after securing additional funding to cover the full costs of the project. The former Scrubs star launched a Kickstarter.com campaign last month (Apr13) to raise $2 million (£1.3 million) for Wish I Was Here, a follow-up to 2004 comedy-drama Garden State, about a young man who re-evaluates his life after learning of his father's deteriorating health. He smashed his target within days, and the money has continued to pour in from fans eager to help the film get made, rising to over $2.6 million (£1.68 million) with more than a week before its deadline. Braff has now been given a budget of just under $10 million (£6.45 million) to play with after attracting the interests of bosses at Worldview Entertainment, who have agreed to make a big investment in the project. Announcing the news at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday (15May13), Christopher Woodrow, Worldview CEO, tells The Hollywood Reporter, "Zach has proven again that he is a creative force in independent film, and we were immediately drawn to his powerful and unique story." Meanwhile, Braff announced on Tuesday (14May13) that he had cast one of his "favorite actors of all time", Mandy Patinkin, as his onscreen father, while on Wednesday he added: "The hilarious @joshgad joins the cast of Wish I Was Here as my brother. Can't stop smiling."

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