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Thursday, February 26, 2004

Here's this morning's cool movie news! They're going to be making a movie about the making of Raiders of the Lost Ark. But not the one you're thinking of.

See, way back in 1981, a group of 12 year olds saw Raiders of the Lost Ark and were so inspired that they decided to do a shot-for-shot remake of the film starring themselves. This was when home video camera technology was in its infancy. It took them seven years to make it! They finished when they were 19! They wanted it to be as accurate as possible. Anyway, they all went to college and started getting on with their lives. But, their version of Raiders, which they showed to all of their friends and family, started getting passed around, copies were made, and soon it started to develop an underground following. Apparently, a copy even made it to Steven Spielberg, who congradulated the kids on their ingenuity.

Anyway, now with the Internet, the fame of this film finally spread. The mainstream finally picked up on it when Harry Knowles of Ain't It Cool News screened it at his annual Austin, Texas film festival. These kids - who are all in their late 20s/early 30s now - are starting to become rather famous.

Now, Scott Rudin, the producer of such fine films of School of Rock, The Addams Family, and South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut has bought the movie rights to their story! He's going to tell the tale of how these kids grew up making a version of their favourite film. (Lest you think Rudin can't do drama, he also did Searching for Bobby Ficsher and Wonder Boys.) The project is set up at Paramount, who made the Indiana Jones films.

I would love to see their remake. Hey, Mr. Anderson! Once you get your high speed Internet back, seek it out on Kazaa!

Now, to convince my friends to do that remake of Episode I....

Next Issue...Dibs on Jar Jar

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