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The story of a shot-for-shot Raiders of the Lost Ark fan film to get the big screen treatment

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Talk about a crazy journey: Childhood friends who spent almost a decade filming a shot-for-shot remake of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK are on their way to having their passion project become a big screen movie. NAPOLEON DYNAMITE producer Jeremy Coon has optioned the book RAIDERS! that tells the story of filmmakers Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala who made the RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK adaptation between the ages of 11 and 18. The two will produce a pair of unnamed projects with Coon in exchange for their life rights. It remains to be seen if the project will even happen due to the legal and copyright issues inherent in the film.

Coon says the film, which has played in it's entirety at film festivals, has been praised by Steven Spielberg. George Lucas has not commented on the project, but it would likely need approval from both filmmakers to get made using RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK in the plot. With Spielberg and Lucas both embracing this type of spirit and passion in their own films, I would love to have them help this project to theaters. I can imagine RAIDERS! as some sort of hybrid of SUPER 8 and THE GOONIES if handled well.

Coon has a lot of passion for the story:

“They shot the Nepal bar scene in Eric’s basement and lit the whole thing on fire,” Coon said. “His mom saw what they’d done and she was not having any more of that. They had to get an adult, an extra in the original George Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead who was less responsible than they were. The scene that got me most was this; one of the kids learned everything about special effects and did a mold face on Eric so they could recreate Bellog’s face as it melts after he opens the Ark. They did it with plaster, they put the ball in Eric’s mouth so he would appear to be screaming. Five minutes in, Eric starts sweating, and he can’t hear or speak. They used construction plaster, which gets hot when it hardens. And they couldn’t break the mold. His mother comes down to see them trying to cut through it with a hacksaw. The hospital finally got it off with a cast saw, carefully working around his head with this little circular saw to free him. The plaster ripped out the eyebrows and every eyelash on this poor kid. He had to pencil on some eyebrows to go back to school. Some of it is just charming. Their first Marion, a blonde, moved to Alaska and all her scenes had to be reshot; they had no monkey to replace the one that gave the Nazi salute and ate the bad date, so they used Chris’s dog. They tied a spring to his paw so he would salute. If you took the first 20 minutes of the movie Super 8, and played it as comedy, that’s how I see this.”

Those of us who love movies have all play-acted our favorite movie scenes, whether as kids or adults, and some have actually gone as far to film their fan movies. While these kids did this back in the 1980s, before the Internet, these types of movies are much more common, but not always with this much love and passion. RAIDERS! sounds amazing and I would love to see it.

If RAIDERS does happen, this would be a very interesting film and not something we commonly see. Check out the trailer for the project that inspired Coons below and tell me this wouldn't make an awesome movie.

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Source: Deadline

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8:35AM on 10/15/2013
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5:01AM on 10/15/2013

I Got To Get Me One Of These!

Is there a Raiders DVD for sale and if so, where can I get a copy?
Is there a Raiders DVD for sale and if so, where can I get a copy?
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1:11AM on 10/15/2013

Amazing if....

This would be amazing if somehow they got Steven Spielberg to direct this. Imagine the press and hype they could build for this if "The Beard" himself directed a movie about kids directing a movie that he directed.

I imagine this would have a very "Super 8" feel which certainly would not be a bad thing.
This would be amazing if somehow they got Steven Spielberg to direct this. Imagine the press and hype they could build for this if "The Beard" himself directed a movie about kids directing a movie that he directed.

I imagine this would have a very "Super 8" feel which certainly would not be a bad thing.
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10:06PM on 10/14/2013

When people ask me

Seriously, How freaking influential is a film when a shot for shot fan film remake of that film has a huge following of its own?

I saw this covered somewhere a long, long time ago. I tried looking ti up recently on youtube but could not find it. I was starting to wonder if I dreamed it up. Glad to see it in a bigger spotlight.
Seriously, How freaking influential is a film when a shot for shot fan film remake of that film has a huge following of its own?

I saw this covered somewhere a long, long time ago. I tried looking ti up recently on youtube but could not find it. I was starting to wonder if I dreamed it up. Glad to see it in a bigger spotlight.
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9:16PM on 10/14/2013
From the snippets of the fan film shown in the trailer, man that looks like they put in a whole ton of effort! Glad they're getting the recognition in the form of this bio-documentary.
From the snippets of the fan film shown in the trailer, man that looks like they put in a whole ton of effort! Glad they're getting the recognition in the form of this bio-documentary.
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8:30PM on 10/14/2013
Why does your first sentence say this is going to become a movie, and then the last sentence of that same paragraph say this might not become a film. I'm not sure if you write this in a rush, or have to get so many characters/ words an article, but why don't you tell us only what's actually happened, which is this guy's book was optioned by this producer and another side deal between them was made. Obviously, elaborate on those things, who those people are and such, but that's it. Don't write
Why does your first sentence say this is going to become a movie, and then the last sentence of that same paragraph say this might not become a film. I'm not sure if you write this in a rush, or have to get so many characters/ words an article, but why don't you tell us only what's actually happened, which is this guy's book was optioned by this producer and another side deal between them was made. Obviously, elaborate on those things, who those people are and such, but that's it. Don't write something is happening to say it's not in the same fucking paragraph I mean seriously? I'm curious, what qualifications you have as a journalist, and what journalism jobs you did before writing for this website? Just writing film reviews for your high school? You are a poor writer (well, I'll tell that back as i haven't read everything you've ever written - maybe you're sick today), and I'm not trying to be shitty or hateful, but do you see how obviously poor writing this article is?
Also, please don't comment that you have officially warned me to have me banned from the talk back section of this website.
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1:01AM on 10/16/2013
HAHA You have grammatical errors too buddy. This site isn't about getting the wording right...... It's about sharing and supporting flicks. So.... yeah.... Go somewhere else. Alex is just trying to share something cool with us. Go away if you don't want to read about it.

P.S. Thanks Alex!
HAHA You have grammatical errors too buddy. This site isn't about getting the wording right...... It's about sharing and supporting flicks. So.... yeah.... Go somewhere else. Alex is just trying to share something cool with us. Go away if you don't want to read about it.

P.S. Thanks Alex!
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