Prepare for the inevitable backlash to come your way, Franco. Stars who have been asking fans to fun their pet projects have come under scrutinty lately - especially since many of them could easily fund the projects with their own money.
However, there is a difference between Franco's Indiegogo campaign and Zach Braff's, or even the Veronica Mars Kickstarter: all of Franco's proceeds will go to the charity, Art of Elysium, an organization that "supports first-time feature-film directors that have been volunteering their time with children in need."
Franco's movie, entitled Palo Alto Stories, will cover three of the stories from his semi-autobiographical book, Palo Alto. Of course, it goes without saying that the $500,000 needed for filming could be paid out of Franco's pocket.
There are several valid arguments against actors using Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or similar sites to fund projects - especially when they have the means to fund their own movies. However, there's no denying the universal appeal of backing a project like this. Avid fans will be sure to enjoy any of the perks of contributing money.
And, really, I have no reason to mock or bash Franco's project. Because if Joshua Jackson had written his own book and needed my money to turn those stories into a movie, there's no question where my money would be going.
Click here to go to Franco's Indiegogo page, where you can pay to have Franco read you one of his stories, receive a personalized video from Franco, or even have a VIP dinner with him.