Director Spike Lee has announced a Kickstarter campaign for his next directorial effort, a feature about “human beings who are addicted to blood.” (It’s not “Blacula,” Lee wrote on the Kickstarter page). Added the director: “There’s a lot of sex in it too.”
In the video accompanying the announcement, Lee cited the recent Kickstarter wins by “Veronica Mars” and Zach Braff as just some of the reasons why he came to the crowd-funding website for support. The director offered little other information about the project in the clip, but fans shouldn’t expect the plot to rely on superheroes, CGI or explosions.
With the current climate in The Hollywood Studio System it’s not an encouraging look for Independent Filmmakers. I’m not hating, just stating the facts. Super Heroes, Comic Books, 3D Special EFX, Blowing up the Planet Nine Times and Fly through the Air while Transforming is not my Thang. To me it’s not just that these Films are being made but it seems like these are the only films getting made. To The Studios it seems like every Film must be a Home run on a Global scale, a Tent Pole Enterprise, able to spin off Sequel after Sequel after Sequel after Sequel after Sequel after Sequel.[…]
Do you wish to see Human Beings dealing with each other on a Human Level? How many more explosions with Ear splitting Sound Effects can you take? C’mon People, please get behind this Joint.
In the video announcing the project, Lee elaborated on that point. “Filmmaking is what I do. Filmmaking is what I love. And you guys help me keep it going, because this is a motherf–king tough business,” he said. “I’m going to keep fighting the powers that be.”
The veteran director behind such films as “Do The Right Thing,” “Malcolm X,” “The 25th Hour,” “Inside Man” and more (“This is a motherf–king body of work right here,” Lee said in the video) had initially teased that the announcement would come on July 15, but the official Kickstarter bow was delayed by one week. Lee didn’t specify what caused the false start.
Unfortunately, Lee initially tweeted out a bad link to the Kickstarter page. He corrected the mistake after a second try. (Kudos to Lee for not erasing the initial errors.)