He originally launched his campaign on July 21 to raise money for an upcoming film he describes as a “psychological bloody thriller” about humans who are addicted to blood.
The campaign has brought in more than 5,400 donors and raised $1,304,000.
After announcing his Kickstarter campaign, Lee received a lot of criticism from the media. While making his press rounds, Lee stopped by Bloomberg TV’s “Street Smart” and engaged in an heated debate regarding the campaign.
“I needed to go to Kickstarter to get this film made because this is not necessarily a Hollywood film, Lee said. “It’s more like an independent film.”
He added that he doesn’t see others in the industry, like Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg or Clint Eastwood, following in his footsteps and turning to Kickstarter to fund their future films.
“Anybody could do this, but Steven Spielberg,” Lee said. “Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Scorsese, they don’t have to do that.” Why? “Because they don’t have to do it,” he said. “They’re great filmmakers and they’re beloved by the studios.”
Lee’s next film, which is scheduled to hit theaters in October, will be his remake of “Oldboy,” the 2003 Korean thriller.