LOS ANGELES (February 22, 2016) â€“ Today, legendary adult film director Axel Braun took to Indiegogo.com, the largest global crowdfunding site, to finance his newest and most ambitious venture â€“ The Empire Strikes Back XXX: An Axel Braun Parody â€“ the sequel to the highest-selling adult movie of all time, Star Wars XXX. If the crowdfunding campaign is successful, this will become the first adult film released completely free of charge.
â€œIâ€™m trying to do something that has never been doneâ€ Braun said. â€œI want to make the most amazing porn parody ever, completely funded by fans and sponsors, and then Iâ€™m going to give it away for free. There will be no DVDs; it will only be available online, and it will be free for everyone. Forever. No hidden gimmicks; no need to give out your email address; no membership; absolutely nothing but click and watch. Full HD, and fully legal.Â Itâ€™sÂ my way to fight Internet piracy while giving back to the fans, and itâ€™s a bit of a social experiment.â€
Braun specifically set the campaign asÂ Fixed Funding, which means Indiegogo will hold all funds raised, and if the goal is not met by the campaign deadline, all contributions will be automatically refunded.
â€œItâ€™s all or nothing,â€Â explained Braun.Â â€œWe either reach our goal or I will never shoot the movie.Â I want to see if there are enough fans around the world who want this movie to happen as much as I do, and I just donâ€™t want to see pirates profit from it.â€
The crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo intends to raise $500,000 by April 22. The funding goal is equal to the budget of the movieâ€™s predecessor, the multi-award-winningÂ Star Wars XXX. The amount raised for the new movie would cover the cost of production, marketing, Indiegogo fees, and crowdfunding perks, which include premiere party tickets, signed scripts, costumes and props from the movie, visits to the set, and much more.
The Empire Strikes Back XXX: An Axel Braun ParodyÂ will feature returning cast membersÂ Allie HazeÂ (Princess Leia),Â Lexington SteeleÂ (Darth Vader),Â Seth GambleÂ (Luke Skywalker), and new additions to the cast including superstarsÂ Riley Steele,Â Carter Cruise,Â Aiden Ashley,Â Casey Calvert, andÂ Asa Akira, on special loan fromÂ Wicked Pictures. Other cast members will be added as the fundraising campaign progresses.
Along with most of the crew fromÂ Star Wars XXX, Braunâ€™s longtime collaborator, award-winning directorÂ Eli Cross, will be returning as a producer and director of photography.
Pre-production and set construction for the movie is set to begin on April 26. Filming will start on June 1st and continue for 28 days in California, Nevada, and Alaska.
â€œThere was simply no way to do justice to the movie without real snow, and Alaska offers the perfect landscape for bringing Hoth to life â€“ so weâ€™ll pack up and go freeze our butts over there for a week in the middle of June,â€ stated Braun. â€œThe good news is that a visit to our Alaska set is one of the many perks that weâ€™re offering in the campaign, which means two lucky fans may get to share that awesomely hypothermic experience with us!â€
The Empire Strikes Back XXX: An Axel Braun ParodyÂ will release worldwide for free on September 30, 2016.