Spike Lee surpasses $1.25M Kickstarter goal

Director Spike Lee attends the premiere of "After Earth" on May 29, 2013, in New York.
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Spike Lee is the latest artist to score financial success on Kickstarter.

On Thursday, the "Do The Right Thing" director was able to raise and exceed his goal of $1.25 million needed for his next independent feature through donations on the crowdfunding web site.

Lee still has six days to go until his Kickstarter campaign ends, so he's bound to pull in a lot more funds than originally anticipated.

Tentatively titled "The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint," the Brooklyn-born filmmaker has described his upcoming project as a "funny, sexy and bloody" type of love story.

Lee, 56, is one of many prominent entertainment figures who has been able to score enough funds on Kickstarter to finance productions.

Zach Braffand the "Veronica Mars" cast and crew are some of the stars who have raised millions of dollars in pledges, for example.

Lee initially faced criticisms when he first launched his Kickstarter campaign. Some argued that the filmmaker was too prominent and taking donations away from less-established filmmakers. Lee has also been less-than-forthcoming about key details concerning his next film. And others also argued that Lee himself has never contributed to Kickstarter campaigns by other filmmakers in the past.

Lee has since responded to these criticisms on his Kickstarter page, which can be seen here.

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