Earlier today we wrote about how Star Wars fanboys were planning on boycotting The Weinstein Co’s Superhero Movie due to the way the company is handling the release of Fanboys. I just received a press release from The Weinstein Co, announcing that they would be releasing both cuts of the film on DVD “with the Company exploring options for its theatrical release.” But I’m calling bullshit… this press release is well designed corporate spin, which gives the impression that the Fanboys have won, when in fact, this is not a win. The press release reads:
“Star War fans nationwide have built a multi-tiered grassroots effort to voice their strong support for one of the earlier versions of the film, including a campaign which generated over 300,000 emails in support for the film.Â Based on the tremendous feedback and interest from the fans, today’s announcement will ensure both versions will be equally available within the marketplace.”
Sounds like a win, right? Nope, read further. A quote from Matthew Frankel, Chief Communications Officer, The Weinstein Company is also included:
“Over the last few weeks we have received a tremendous amount of input from Star Wars fans nationwide. While the later version tested very well with audiences, the grassroots support we have received for the first version simply cannot be ignored.Â We are very excited to launch these two films and look forward to giving the fans the opportunity to see both versions.”
Yeah, but not theatrically. The Weinstein Co still claims that the new cut “tested very well with audiences” yet everyone I’ve talked that has seen both cuts disagrees. Rumors had circulated the web that TWC hired plants to be in the audience for said test screening, however, this has never been confirmed.
I think Star Wars fans expected that both cuts of the film would be included on the eventual DVD. The fight was to get the first (and what I’ve heard, better) cut distributed theatrical, instead of the Steve Brill (Little Nicky, Drillbit Taylor) edit which completely ignores the Cancer storyline. I hope that Star Wars fanboys will continue to fight, and not let The Weinstein Co to spin this obvious non-victory to the mainstream press.Â We must stop Darth Weinstein!
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Star Wars fans are still very angry over The Weinstein Co’s horrible handling of Fanboys. Their movement has gained a bunch of mainstream press, including the New York Post, the Daily Telegraph, Vanity Fair, and thousands of websites. The group is now organizing Stop Darth Weinstein Protests in New York and Los Angeles on March 28th, outside two prominent movie theaters where Superhero Movie will be opening. Fore more information, click this link. Also check out this animated short film they made, which features Darth Weinstein in his Death Star company office, after the jump.
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Update: I just heard back from Fox. Apparently the release change will only effect the international release of the film. AvsP2 will still hit theaters in the United States on December 25th 2007.
Don’t get too excited for that red band trailer for Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, because the film has just been bumped back to January 18th, 2008. That’s right, you’re going to have to wait a few weeks longer for the AvsP fix. The sequel was originaly slated to hit theaters on December 25th, up against Charlie Wilson’s War, The Great Debators and The Water Horse, but more importantly Sweeney Todd, National Treasure 2 and Walk Hard, all of which open the previous Friday (December 21st). So you can see why they made the move. But pitting AvsP2 up against the much hyped JJ Abrams produced top secret monster flick Cloverfield, doesn’t seem like the best idea for everyone involved. And besides, isn’t Fanboys coming out the same weekend too? Three geek targeted flicks in one weekend feels a little bit overcrowded to me.
Bad news for the Star Wars fans, the much anticipated Kyle Newman road trip comedy Fanboys has been delayed, yes – again. TheForce.net published the following letter from the director:
“Fanboys has been delayed. As a Star Wars fan, I am devastated. Fanboys is the love letter to the greatest movie franchise of all time. And this year marks the 30th Anniversary. I wanted the film to be my gift back to Star Wars and to the fan community. But ultimately the shift in release will be a good thing for the movie. We made Fanboys for under five million dollars. And the studio has given us the go-ahead to do the things to it that we couldnt do with our initial limited schedule and budget. There are one or two hilarious things that I wanted to shoot and they are giving me the funds to do it. Which is great!!! As a filmmaker, it’s not often someone says — here’s more money – what else do you want to do? But that’s the situation we are in. Unfortunately, I dont get the actors back together for four months! (The one drawback to having such a hot young cast at the top of their game.) But rest assured fans won’t escape Fanboys this year. We kick it off with our presence at Celebration IV in a big way (sneak-peaking scenes, releasing our prequel comic book and teaser poster)… then we will heat things up at the San Diego Comic-Con in July. And from there we just keep building toward January. I am so excited to unleash this movie. It’s going to be huge!”
Last week we relayed a quote from Fanboys star Chris Marquette, who claimed that the film had been delayed due to sound effects rights and a cameo from Clerks director Kevin Smith.
“Kevin Smith had seen it, and [he] came in and was like, ‘Oh, man. I love it.’ So they let him write and direct one of his own scenes in it. So they added that in,” co star Chris Marquette revealed. He went on to also blame George Lucas for the film’s delay.
We were extremely excited to receive an e-mail from Kevin Smith, who added a little needed clarification.
“That’s not exactly true.Â Scott Mosier, my longtime producer, was brought in to reedit the flick.Â Based on his involvement, I jumped in for a quick cameo during a re-shoot day that’d been scheduled long before I’d ever seen the flick.Â While I did write the scene, I didn’t direct it,” Smith wrote. “The flick’s good – I don’t wanna give the impression it’s not.”
“I just wanted to make sure I didn’t get credit I didn’t deserve, as far as directing my scene; that was Scott Mosier (as Kyle [Newman], the director of the flick, was busy on the Revenge of the Nerds remake during the Fanboys pick-ups).Â I only got the chance to be in the flick because Harvey Weinstein asked me to do the cameo during the pick-ups re-shoot.”
So there you have it, direct from the Kevin Smith’s keyboard.
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I’ve been waiting to see Fanboys for quite some time now (although, not nearly as long as I’ve been awaiting Patrick Read Johnson’s 5-25-77). SciFi has found out why we’ve been waiting so long. As it turns out, the film was delayed to add a cameo with Clerks filmmaker Kevin Smith and to obtain rights for the original Star Wars sound effects. As it turns out, George Lucas saw an early cut of the film and approved the use of the sounds.
“Kevin Smith had seen it, and [he] came in and was like, ‘Oh, man. I love it.’ So they let him write and direct one of his own scenes in it. So they added that in,” co star Chris Marquette revealed.
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