Though you may not know their names, odds are you’ve heard the story of Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala. They’re the two long-time friends who, at the age of 11, set out to make a shot by shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark. And they did! It took them seven years, but their homemade version of Steven Spielberg‘s 1981 masterpiece has since become a cult classic, screening at small festivals and repertory houses before being documented in the book Raiders by Alan Eisenstock. Now, in a beautiful twist of fate, Hollywood has bought the rights to that book and plan to make Strompolos and Zala’s filmmaking adventure into an adventure film of its own.
Jeremy Coon, who produced Napoleon Dynamite, has just optioned the rights to Eisenstock’s book. He plans to first direct a documentary about the story, then turn that into a narrative feature. Strompolos and Zala are attached as producers and their life rights are part of the deal. Read More »
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Here’s a trailer for a book spawned by a fan film spawned by the greatest adventure film ever made. The adventure film is Steven Spielberg‘s Raiders of the Lost Ark and the fan film is Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala‘s Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, the most famous fan film ever made, a shot by shot, low budget remake of Indiana Jones’ first adventure. Now, author Alan Eisenstock has written a detailed book on the making of the fan film called Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made and a trailer has been released teasing the book, which is out November 13. Check it out below. Read More »
Before Be Kind Rewind, before Son of Rambow, there was… three kids remaking Raiders of the Lost Ark, just for the heck of it. It took them seven summers and they grew up during the long shoot, but they saw the job through and, personally, I prefer their film to the original (though, before you jump down my throat, I can see that the original is superior in most respects).
Some fourteen or so years after it was completed, the ‘project’ received a rocket of publicity when Harry Knowles screened a VHS copy at his Butt-Numb-A-Thon festival. There have been other screenings, with proceeds typically given to charity I believe, but the film has never received a wide release. Until now…
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