Axel Braun is set to crowdfund ‘The Empire Strikes Back XXX’ and release it for free.
Indiegogo campaign for anticipated Axel Braun sequel to ‘Star Wars XXX’ launches Feb. 22 2016.
Today, legendary adult film director Axel Braun took to Indiegogo.com, the largest global crowdfunding site, to finance his newest and most ambitious venture – The Empire Strikes Back XXX: An Axel Braun Parody – 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.
“I want to make the most amazing porn parody ever, completely funded by fans and sponsors, and then I’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. It’s my way to fight Internet piracy while giving back to the fans, and it’s a bit of a social experiment,” Braun said.
Braun specifically set the campaign as 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.
“It’s all or nothing,” explained Braun. “We either reach our goal or I will never shoot the movie. 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 don’t want to see pirates profit from it.”
The crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo intends to raise $500,000 by April 22. The funding goal is equal to the budget of the movie’s predecessor, the multi-award-winning 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.
About ‘The Empire Strikes Back XXX: An Axel Braun Parody’
The Empire Strikes Back XXX: An Axel Braun Parody will feature returning cast members Allie Haze (Princess Leia), Lexington Steele (Darth Vader), Seth Gamble (Luke Skywalker), and new additions to the cast including superstars Riley Steele, Carter Cruise, Aiden Ashley, Casey Calvert, and Asa Akira, on special loan from Wicked Pictures. Other cast members will be added as the fundraising campaign progresses.
Along with most of the crew from Star Wars XXX, Braun’s longtime collaborator, award-winning director 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.
“There was simply no way to do justice to the movie without real snow, and Alaska offers the perfect landscape for bringing Hoth to life – so we’ll pack up and go freeze our butts over there for a week in the middle of June,” stated Braun. “The good news is that a visit to our Alaska set is one of the many perks that we’re offering in the campaign, which means two lucky fans may get to share that awesomely hypothermic experience with us!”
The Empire Strikes Back XXX: An Axel Braun Parody will release worldwide for free on September 30, 2016.
About Axel Braun:
The son of legendary porn-pioneer Lasse Braun, Axel Braun was born and raised in Italy, where he worked closely with his father before moving to Los Angeles to pursue his own career in 1990.
Fluent in five languages, a member of MENSA, a film-school graduate, and the bearer of a Ph.D. in Psychology, Axel has a unique cultural background that sets him apart from the many other directors in the Adult industry. A second-generation AVN and XRCO Hall-of-Famer, over the span of his career he has won accolades all over the world for Directing, Producing, Screenwriting, Cinematography, and Editing, including four consecutive AVN Director Of The Year awards and six consecutive AVN Best Parody awards.