Indie developer Shaquille O'Neal is taking to IndieGoGo for his latest project, a sequel to the critically-panned Shaq Fu.
O'Neal and crew want us all to give them $450,000 to make it happen. A trailer:
And now for the obvious question: why is a multi-millionaire asking for money? Can't he fund it himself? Here's their explanation:
He is the best center ever to play the game. Of course he's got money, and yes he will be investing a lot of his own time and money in this project. We will be investing considerably more of our own money in the game than we are asking for.
The purpose of bringing the game to the public is to see how much interest there is in becoming Shaq's partner and in seeing the game happen. In exchange for your help, Shaq, is offering unprecedented access to his life with incredible perks. Here are some highlights:
- Bag a signed original size 22 Shaq Attack sneaker!
- Play basketball with Shaq, on his own court, at his house!
- Have Shaq, become your personal secretary by recording your voicemail!
- Have lunch or dinner with the big man for you and your friends!
- Be part of the taping of a TNT show at an NBA game!
This isn't about a celebrity giving away a trinkets for cash, this is a true partnership. We think it is unprecedented. Shaq is ready and willing to work for your support and you can bet that he'll be grateful for every cent and every plug he gets. He loves his fans and to be able to collaborate with them on something like this has him (and us!) really excited.
Do you buy that explanation? Yeah, I dunno if I do either—I reached out to the folks at Big Deez Productions this morning with some follow-up questions about why they need $450,000 when Shaq has earned $292 million playing basketball, but they didn't get back to me today. In the meantime, I'll hold out for Barkley: Shut Up And Jam Gaiden 2.