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Braff gets go-ahead for Garden State follow-up

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Zach Braff has sourced enough funding to go into production with the follow-up to his 2004 comedy-drama Garden State.

Entitled Wish I Was Here, the money for the movie was initially sourced after the former Scrubs star launched a campaign on Kickstarter.com last month in a bit to raise $2m from donations.

The target was smashed within days as eager fans continued to send money, eager to help the movie get made. In fact, Braff had raised over $2.6 million with more than a week to go before its deadline.

The movie, which tells the tale about a young man who re-evaluates his life after learning of his father deteriorating health, has now received a budget of just under $10 million after attracting the interests of bosses at Worldview Entertainment.

Announcing the news at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday (May15), Christopher Woodrow, Worldview CEO, told The Hollywood Reporter: "Zach has proven again that he is a creative force in independent film, and we were immediately drawn to his powerful and unique story."

Meanwhile, Braff tweeted on Tuesday (May14) that one of his "favourite actors of all time", Mandy Patinkin, had joined the cast as his onscreen father, while on Wednesday he added: "The hilarious @joshgad joins the cast of Wish I Was Here as my brother. Can't stop smiling."

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