If films packed with more celebrities than anyone can count are your thing, the new Reach Me trailer will definitely be worth checking out. The Crash-style ensemble cast features stars like Kelsey Grammer, Terry Crews, Sylvester Stallone, Kyra Segwick, Nelly, and many, many more. As for the plot line? Well, that’s a little more mysterious.
It’s difficult to tell from this clip, but the movie reportedly follows several characters whose lives collide due to an inspirational self-help book written by an anonymous author. The trailer kicks off with Nelly’s character on a talk show encouraging listeners to get out of the rut and start chasing their dreams. His speech is interspersed with a sex scene and two different fights (one featuring Segwick’s character in prison), before going on to follow the characters as they all seek out the author of the book for their own reasons.
As if the movie’s plot wasn’t complicated enough, the film itself, directed by John Herzfeld, has a complex back story of its own. One investor reportedly backed out while filming was already in progress, so Herzfeld launched a Kickstarter campaign in an effort to raise $250,000 for the film. He ended up raising more than that amount, but then got cold feet and canceled it. Eventually, he raised around $180,000 with a second Indiegogo campaign and found another private investor to cover the rest of his financial needs. This is the first footage that’s been released from the project, which will hit theaters and VOD on October 24.
Crowdfunding for makers has become increasingly popular in recent days, with everyone from some of Hollywood’s biggest actors to amateur filmmakers asking fans to contribute to their project. The trend really kicked off in March of 2014 when Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas created a Kickstarter page to raise money for a film adaptation of the TV show. The campaign broke a record for the highest film campaign in history, raising $1.2 million in just 12 hours and eventually a total of $5.7 million, thanks to the series’ dedicated viewers.
Since then, other actors and producers have followed suit. Zach Braff turned to Kickstarter and ultimately garnered $3.1 million towards his sophomore directorial debut, Wish I Was Here. In August of last year, famed director Spike Lee earned over $1.4 million in donations from a similar campaign. Their efforts made the films the second and third-highest film campaigns in history, respectively.
It remains to be seen whether Reach Me will be able to count on support from the fans once the movie hits theaters as well. While the amount of star power in one movie isn’t necessarily an indicator of box office success (see Movie 43 as an example), it may be enough to at least peak the curiosity of those wondering what this eclectic group of celebrities could pull off together. Whether you plan to see the movie or not though, the trailer is worth watching if only to try to keep count of all of the famous faces.