08/16/2013 02:09 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Spike Lee Reached His $1.25 Million Kickstarter Goal


Spike Lee is definitely making a new movie about blood-addicted humans.

The "Red Hook Summer" director successfully met his $1.25 million Kickstarter fundraising goal 25 days after he launched the campaign.

Rewards for high donors include two tickets to the world premiere of the film, autographed Nike sneakers once worn by Lee, the opportunity to be an extra in the film and a "master filmmaker class" with Lee in Brooklyn. Twenty-eight backers donated $10,00 and will go to dinner and a Knicks game with the famed director, which sounds like the best friend date in the history of fake friendship. One of these donors is Steven Soderbergh.

On July 22 he announced he would raise money to make a film he described as "a new kind of love story" about "human beings who are addicted to Blood." No, not vampires. Lee explained: "This film is a BLOOD THRILLER. It’s about people who are not Vampires but nonetheless are BLOOD ADDICTS. It’s also a Psychological Thriller. It will work on several different layers. The Audience will be scared..."

Like many other celebrities who have launched Kickstarter campaigns, Lee received quite a bit of backlash. But on the project's page, he says he's been raising funds like this for years, just without the technology. "Social media was writing letters, making phone calls, shaking hands." He said that while shooting "Malcolm X" the money ran out and he enlisted the help of friends Tracy Chapman, Bill Cosby, Prince, Oprah Winfrey and others to help him finish financing the film.

Recently, Lee announced that British actress Zaraah Abrahams will be the female lead in the new project.

Despite vampire similarities, Lee assured that this film will NOT be a remake of "Blacula."

Check out Lee's promo video for the project below.



The Films of Spike Lee