Zach Braff is coming out of the Sundance Film Festival a happy camper this year, as his independent film “Wish I Was Here” just landed a distribution agreement with NBCUniversal’s Focus Features. The deal includes support in prints and advertising as well as a $2.75 million theatrical push to over 500 screens.
The Scrubs star, whose film directorial debut Garden State drew generally strong response, wrote, directed and starred in Wish I Was Here, but found himself on the receiving end of a slew of criticism for his Kickstarter campaign which raised over $2 million in crowdfunding. Many assumed he didn’t need the funding, but despite the slams from detractors, the film still emerged as one of the highlights of Sundance upon debuting this weekend. The film also stars Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Jim Parsons, Joey King, Pierce Gagnon, and Ashley Greene.