Mark Pegg is the man chasing the capital on the crowdfunding platform to finish his Dream On film after he was left empty-handed when one of the film’s financiers went bankrupt halfway through filming.
The movie is a romantic-comedy and based on the book, Dream On: One Hacker’s Challenge to Break Par in a Year, by author John Richardson. The film has been dubbed “the Rocky of golf”.
It follows a regular guy from Northern Ireland, whose dream is to play a level-par round of golf within a year. Pegg, whose own golf skills are questionable, became attached to the book after reading it and realising there was potential for a film.
“I got in touch with John and was told someone else was buying the rights to make a film, but I managed to sweet talk him into letting me have them,” Pegg said.
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Following the bankruptcy of one of the film’s backers, the pair decided to turn to alternative finance to get the ball rolling again.
Pegg continued: “We came up with the idea to do a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, in order to raise the remaining money to complete the last half of the film, and we’re offering a raft of rewards, including the opportunity to receive golf lessons from John Richardson himself and even feature as extra in the film.”
Farren Blackburn, who has been working on Marvel’s Netflix series Daredevil, is directing Dream On and said the book was “fantastic”. “It didn’t take me long to realise that absolutely there was a movie in it – it’s a heart-warming, triumph-of-the-underdog story with a romantic-comedy element to it,” he said.
Filming is underway at Elstree Studios – home of the Star Wars films – while golf brand Callaway and Paddy Power, which is in the process of a merger with Betfair, are attached to the project.
The film has currently raised £1,700 of the £400,000 target with 14 days to go.
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