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.