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05.26.2009
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Holy Han on Hoth, it's been many years since we first heard about this indie 5-25-77, a love letter to the first STAR WARS. Is it finally getting ready to escape the tractor beam of development hell?

Starlog caught up with the filmmaker Patrick Read Johnson to find out the status of the semi-autobiographical project (now just going by the title '77, which isn't particularly alluring). Johnson says: "Though we had two fantastic screenings at the Hamptons Film Festival and won an award (The Heineken Red Star) and got a lot of nice press, [we] needed to do some more work in the cutting room, which in turn required us to heavily revise our VFX shot list, choose some different songs from the era for certain sequences AND rework portions of the score by David Russo and Alan Parsons. Meanwhile, various members of the team were being picked off by other jobs, and the big financial meltdown was occurring, and investment dollars were suddenly very hard to come by... So we basically shut down at the end of the year to wait out the turmoil."

His plan is now to bring it to the American Film Market in November to seek distribution... which unfortunately means there's no definitive time frame on when we might see it. Read Starlog's lengthy piece and interview RIGHT HERE.

The movie features toothy "Freaks & Geeks" star John Francis Daley as an aspiring filmmaker in the mid-1970s, considered a local outcast for his sci-fi obsession and passion for movies. Good thing society's over that stigma! Kinda. Anyway, it looks like a retro blast of bad hair and love for practical effects, a special treat for those of us who spent their formative years infatuated with the STAR WARS movies (the good, midichlorian-free ones). You can check out the trailer below.

Extra Tidbit: This will probably make me sound ancient and decrepit to some of you whippersnappers, but I saw STAR WARS several times in the theater... the year it originally opened. Now get off my lawn.
Source: Starlog

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8:40PM on 05/22/2012
Hello! My name is Morgan Flores, and I am one of the producers of Hearts of Dorkness, the documentary in progress about the making of 5-25-77... I’ve got news for you… 5-25-77 is back! There is new movement to finally put this film in theaters everywhere. Patrick Read Johnson is about to embark on a fundraising Kickstarter road trip journey to call attention to his film, test screen it everywhere from Wadsworth, Illinois, to Hollywood and Beyond the Infinite… and to raise the post-production
Hello! My name is Morgan Flores, and I am one of the producers of Hearts of Dorkness, the documentary in progress about the making of 5-25-77... I’ve got news for you… 5-25-77 is back! There is new movement to finally put this film in theaters everywhere. Patrick Read Johnson is about to embark on a fundraising Kickstarter road trip journey to call attention to his film, test screen it everywhere from Wadsworth, Illinois, to Hollywood and Beyond the Infinite… and to raise the post-production funds to finish 5-25-77. He has a FundRazr effort right now to raise money for the trip: http://goo.gl/juUJ0, and just this afternoon, we have posted on eBay: http://goo.gl/8YIvI a 90-minute Lightsaber lesson from Nick Gillard, the swordmaster from all the Star Wars prequels, who has donated his skills to help Patrick raise money for his journey! Stay tuned for more to come in the next couple days, because the Ultimate Trip starts 5-25-12…
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1:15PM on 05/27/2009
Looks good, but at the same time it sorta looks like an angstier version of Son of Rambow.
Looks good, but at the same time it sorta looks like an angstier version of Son of Rambow.
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12:15PM on 05/27/2009
Oh, this looks great. I love that line the guy says near the end about life not moving 24 fps. Very awesome.
Oh, this looks great. I love that line the guy says near the end about life not moving 24 fps. Very awesome.
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9:43AM on 05/27/2009
This could be some fun nostalgia!

You are not the only one who went to see it in the theaters WAY back when. I was 7 and remember everything about the experience. The closest thing to that afterward was seeing Jurassic Park for the first time...I miss feeling in awe of a film.
This could be some fun nostalgia!

You are not the only one who went to see it in the theaters WAY back when. I was 7 and remember everything about the experience. The closest thing to that afterward was seeing Jurassic Park for the first time...I miss feeling in awe of a film.
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5:05AM on 05/27/2009
Gotta love that extra tidbit. You old curmudgeon! They're really saturating the marketplace with these "remember how awesome Star Wars was?" movies. Hopefully whoever picks this one up won't pull a Weinstein on us
Gotta love that extra tidbit. You old curmudgeon! They're really saturating the marketplace with these "remember how awesome Star Wars was?" movies. Hopefully whoever picks this one up won't pull a Weinstein on us
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12:36AM on 05/27/2009
Love John Francis Daley. Great in Freaks and Geeks and now Bones. I can't believe F&G only had 18 episodes. I'm a little younger, but at least I have my memories of standing in line for the Special Edition. Someday there should be a third movie to complete the set. 5-25-77, Fanboys and Special Edition: Revenge of the Lucas.
Love John Francis Daley. Great in Freaks and Geeks and now Bones. I can't believe F&G only had 18 episodes. I'm a little younger, but at least I have my memories of standing in line for the Special Edition. Someday there should be a third movie to complete the set. 5-25-77, Fanboys and Special Edition: Revenge of the Lucas.
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12:35AM on 05/27/2009
They already rebooted Fanboys??
They already rebooted Fanboys??
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11:20PM on 05/26/2009
yay if this makes good money can thay make a starwars 7, 8 and 9 please
yay if this makes good money can thay make a starwars 7, 8 and 9 please
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11:05PM on 05/26/2009
After learning about this and the fact that the movie Fanboys exist pretty much solidifies to me that Star Wars is the greatest movie ever made. How many movies have other movies centering their plots around them? I wish I was alive and aware when this movie hit theatres so I could of had my ass handed to me in a way I never have before. Sorry to anyone who thinks Citizen Kane or Godfather are the greatest movies of all time but Star Wars tops em all.
After learning about this and the fact that the movie Fanboys exist pretty much solidifies to me that Star Wars is the greatest movie ever made. How many movies have other movies centering their plots around them? I wish I was alive and aware when this movie hit theatres so I could of had my ass handed to me in a way I never have before. Sorry to anyone who thinks Citizen Kane or Godfather are the greatest movies of all time but Star Wars tops em all.
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