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It seems like every other day there's a new bit of news about a movie that's being funded through crowdsourcing website Kickstarter. First it was that Zach Braff movie, then the "Veronica Mars" theatrical spin-off, and most recently a Spike Lee "joint" that sounds like a vampire movie but isn't. The latest in the long line of films looking to the Internet for handouts is "Reach Me," a drama written and directed by John Herzfeld, whose dubious filmography includes "2 Days in the Valley" and "15 Minutes."
The situation with "Reach Me" is somewhat unique: With the cast and crew well into production, a key financier backed out, leaving the project $250,000 in the hole. Producers Rebekah Chaney and Cassian Elwes and star Sylvester Stallone put up some money of their own but then turned to Kickstarter as a way of getting the project back on track. They're attempting to raise the $250,000 before September 19, at which point the production will resume.
"Reach Me" has a fairly impressive cast that includes Stallone, Lauren Cohan, Kelsey Grammer, Kyra Sedgwick, Nelly, Kevin Connolly, Ryan Kwanten, Thomas Jane, Tom Sizemore, Elizabeth Henstridge, Terry Crews, and Danny Trejo. It concerns a dozen or so people who are brought together by a self-help book penned by a former football coach.
Incentives for donation include a sparring session with MMA champ Urijah Faber (for $2000) and having a song included in the film, with your name said aloud by one of the actors (for $10,000). We hope "Reach Me" gets its funding, but we'd rather have dinner and go to a Knicks game with Spike Lee.
[via Kickstarter, Deadline]