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Spike Lee Joins Kickstarter, Looking to Raise $1.25 Million for a Film on Blood Addiction (VIDEO)

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 22, 2013 at 1:33PM

Spike Lee has joined the quickly growing group of celebrities turning to crowdfunding for their upcoming films. Lee is looking to raise $1.25 million on Kickstarter for his next project, which will center on "human beings who are addicted to blood."
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Spike Lee has joined the quickly growing group of celebrities turning to crowdfunding for their upcoming films. Lee is looking to raise $1.25 million on Kickstarter for his next project, which will center on "human beings who are addicted to blood."

Lee states at the top of the his Kickstarter page that his film will be "funny, sexy and bloody (but it's not 'Blacula')."

"Every red cent, every wooden nickel will go on the screen," Lee promises in his Kickstarter promo video (below), mentioning the mega successes of "Veronica Mars" and Zach Braff's upcoming film through the site. "The climate has changed," he says of the need for well-known filmmakers and properties to turn to crowdfunding.

Not everyone feels this way. Director Kevin Smith recently said in a KCRW interview that he won't use Kickstarter or other crowdfunding platforms as a means for financial backing for "Clerks III." Why? It's a no-brainer: "I have access to money."

Meanwhile, Lee's "Oldboy," a remake of the Korean thriller by Park Chan-wook, hits theaters October 25 (trailer here). 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.