Posted on Monday, February 22nd, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
We’re living in the age of nostalgia and recycling when it comes to our entertainment. Over at Netflix, there are revivals of Full House and The Gilmore Girls while Fox is working on a TV series adaptation of Lethal Weapon. On the big screen, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World and Mad Max: Fury Road revived franchises that were dead in movie theaters for over a decade. And if one man has his way, he’ll get another franchise to rise from the grave.
Back in the early ’90s, during what was one of the more popular times for Saturday Night Live, cast members Mike Myers and Dana Carvey brought their recurring characters Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar to the big screen for a Wayne’s World movie in 1992. It was successful enough to warrant a Wayne’s World 2 in 1993. And since then, Trevor Schindeler has been desperate to make Wayne’s World 3 a reality, going so far as you write his own script, tirelessly trying to get it read by Hollywood. Now he’s asking for your help.
First, here’s a little background information on just how far Schindeler has gone in his attempt to get Wayne’s World 3, or rather Wayne’s Leisure World, made by the powers that be in what he calls “Fortress Hollywood” over at his GoFundMe page (via Uproxx):
Wayne’s World, starring Mike Myers as Wayne and Dana Carvey as Garth, was released in 1992. Wayne’s World 2 was released in 1993. Shortly thereafter, the plot line for Wayne’s Leisure World came to mind and I felt compelled to write a synopsis. On July 7, 1993, I registered my work with the Writers Guild of American, West, Inc.
Being young and naively optimistic, much like Wayne and Garth themselves, I assumed that I could get someone inside Fortress Hollywood to read my work. Surely, Hollywood is looking for great stories. I sent out query letters to everyone associated with the Wayne’s World franchise including producers, directors, writers, and actors. I was stonewalled. No one would even read my synopsis.
You can see evidence of all the letters he sent over at the aforementioned GoFundMe page, showing just how dedicated and desperate this man is to get his version of Wayne’s World 3 made. The main problem is that Hollywood talent agencies and the filmmakers and talent represented by them are not allowed to accept unsolicited material. It’s the main reason why Hollywood is all about who you know and the entertainment industry is so hard to break into.
So if the script is written, and he already knows no one will read it in the industry, then what is still motivating him and why has is he looking for financial help? The writer explains:
I want hundreds of people to read the screenplay because one of you will know someone who knows someone inside Fortress Hollywood.
I plan to use the funds raised to further promote this campaign by purchasing outdoor advertising in Los Angeles, California. I have set a fund raising goal of $2,500 for this purpose.
Whether or not the Wayne’s World 3 script is good, we can’t say, since we haven’t taken the time to read it just yet. You can read it right here if you’re so inclined, but otherwise, here’s how the project is described in a makeshift trailer that is linked on the GoFundMe page:
It’s the year 2047. Wayne and Garth have settled down and are enjoying their golden years. Not. As you know, the future is never a happy place. The world has gone mental. Vegetarians run wild. Everyone’s listening to whale music. An evil genius has cornered us in a fast food market. And don’t get us started about robots. Will rock and roll save the day?
Honestly, there’s nothing about that which jumps out to me as a story that must be told. And if the guy has been trying to get this project off the ground for 23 years, he really needs to work on a better pitch video. Resources to make high quality videos are easily available today, and with this being described as “a hilarious screenplay sitting in my computer collecting dust,” surely some more pomp and circumstance should come with trying to get this project made.
But the hope is that with this advertising money, someone who actually works in the industry will download the script and get it into the hands of someone out there who might be able to make a decision one way or the other. For Schindeler’s sake, in the words of Garth Algar, “I just hope you think it didn’t suck.”Cool Posts From Around the Web: