Famed director Spike Lee has always preached his motto “do the right thing” in just about everything he does in his career, even when it came to delivering crucial messages in his riveting documentaries about the New Orleans hurricane in “When The Levees Broke,” to his emotional “4 Little Girls.” At any task at hand, the man gets the job done—and, this time around, he needs a little backing doing so. Lee has taken to Kickstarter to receive funding to produce his next film, which will focus on “blood addiction,” and putting it the best way possible, it definitely won’t be a Twilight flick.
In his quest, he hopes to gain a staggering $1.25 million when it’s all said and done, and as of press time, he already has reached pass the $100,000 mark with a huge donation from Steven Soderbergh being part of the reason (he tacked on a cool $10,000) after Spike wooed him about the campaign during dinner. Just crazy. Why ask the fans to break their wallets? Well, according to Spike it hasn’t been easy receiving funding from Hollywood folk due to the high demands of bigger budget films such as 3-D’s and, uh say, “Transformers” type movies. He credits this for the movie industry’s latest downfall of not having meaningful and great films in theaters today.
About the state of the movie industry:
“I understand now that, with the amount of money it costs to market a film, the studios need films that are going to be tentpoles. But I will go to my grave believing that there are still audiences that want something different. Not to eradicate these type of 3D, blow-up-the-world, ‘Transformers’-type movies. They’re cool, but now it seems like that’s the only thing they’re making.” He also revealed that the current movie landscape would have made some of his previous movies impossible to make stating ““Universal would not make ‘Do the Right Thing’ today.”
About his “human blood addiction” flick:
“This film is 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.”
He states that he decided to do this because of the success of Zach Braff and the “Veronica Mars” films coming to fruition:
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.
To support Spike in his cause, you can donate any sort of money to his Kickstarter here.