Spike Lee has turned to Kickstarter, a website which allows fans to donate their own money to fund a film, to launch a new flick about bloodthirsty humans.
But, Lee insists, this isn’t just another vampire movie.
“This is a film about human beings who are addicted to blood. They’re not vampires. We’re not doing a black Twilight. We’re not remaking the black exploitation cult film Blacula. It’s a sexy psychological thriller.” Spike tells BBC’s Newsnight.
Lee’s also keen to demonstrate that using Kickstarter isn’t a signal that he’s done with Hollywood studios.
“This is not a film that they [Hollywood studios] think they can make a trillion dollars on. This is a small, personal film, so I want you to understand clearly, I’m not condemning Hollywood. I’m not saying I won’t work with Hollywood.
My more personal films they’re not going to do. That’s fine. That’s why I’m appealing directly to my fans. Especially the ones in the UK who may have loved my films since going back to 1986 with She’s Gotta Have It,” Spike adds.
While Kickstarter has become a growing platform for talent to turn to to get independent films off the ground – including former Scrubs star Zach Braff’s latest project Wish I Was Here – Lee says it’s not a new phenomenon for him.
“I’ve been doing Kickstarter before there even was Kickstarter. I was writing letters, postcards, making phonecalls… I’m using the new tools, but I was doing this way back in 1986.
I had to use a Kickstarter method to finish Malcom X. The only reason Malcom X got finished was because I had to personally call up Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Bill Cosby, Oprah Winfrey, Prince, Janet… who gave me the money so I could finish the film,” Lee explains.
Lee’s Kickstarter page shows that he needs at least $1,250,000 by Wednesday August 21. The pot currently has $500,824.