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Filmmaker turning to the Web to raise coin for pic

Brit writer-director Nick Love is inviting fans to finance his next movie.

Love’s production outfit Vertigo Films today will launch a Web site to raise the $5 million budget for “Outlaw” from the public.

Love’s films, “The Football Factory” and “The Business,” have won him a fanatical following among young Brit males, reflected in boffo DVD sales.

Producer Allan Niblo said he has received several offers from distribs and private investors to bankroll “Outlaw,” a vigilante drama that starts shooting in July. By going direct to the fans, Vertigo hopes to retain all the upside for itself.

“We have tracked 1.6 million fans coming through the Web sites for Nick’s films, and in the online chatrooms they say that they’d love to be much more involved,” Niblo said.

Punters will be given the option to pay £10 ($18), $90 or $180.

In return, they will receive a variety of benefits, ranging from T-shirts and sweatshirts, access to exclusive chat rooms, invitations to screenings and even the chance to be an extra in the movie.

Anyone paying $180 will get an executive producer credit on the DVD. However, the fans will not get a stake in the movie.

Although Niblo hopes the fund-raising will cover the budget, any shortfall will be covered by pre-sales.

“My next film is a collection of true stories and incidents told to me by the public up and down the country,” Love said. ” ‘Outlaw’ is about a group of people that take the law into their own hands and try to right perceived wrongs.”

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