Zach Braff’s Kickstarter Movie ‘Wish I Was Here’ Set for July 18 Release

Focus Features will release Zach Braff’s “Wish I Was Here” on July 18 in New York and Los Angeles and then expand the film on July 25 and again on Aug. 1.

Focus bought the U.S. rights to the Kickstarter-funded dramedy in January  following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where it garnered mixed responses.

The acquisition is a significant deal for Focus, the first major transaction since parent Universal decided to move the company toward a more commercial approach. The Focus deal was made for $2.7 million, with an initial theatrical commitment of 500 locations or more.

Wish I Was Here” marks the first pic toplining a major star to be funded by Kickstarter.

The film, which is Braff’s follow-up to “Garden State,” centers on a thirty-something man (played by Braff) struggling to reconcile his failed life aspirations. Pic co-stars Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, Mandy Patinkin and Joey King.

Braff’s Kickstarter campaign ended with over $3.1 million funded by 46,520 people. Backers who pledged for advance screenings rewards will be invited to attend early previews in their local markets.

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