You know the story: Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala, two friends, decided in 1982 to make a shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark. It took them seven years to finish, and then another 20 years or so for director Eli Roth to discover it, along with the world. Now, Hollywood hopes to make two movies based on the movie which itself remade a movie.
Napoleon Dynamite producer Jeremy Coon has optioned the book Strompolos and Zala wrote about their odyssey, Raiders!, with hopes of making both a documentary and a feature film based on it. Via Deadline:
When Coon first saw Raiders Of The Lost Ark: The Adaptation at a film festival, it was during a period when all of the optimism and wide-eyed wonder that went into making the gem Napoleon Dynamite had been replaced by depression and cynicism. Coon and his cohorts were forced to sue Fox after feeling shortchanged by the proceeds of their $400,000 budget film that grossed nearly $50 million worldwide and made a lot more than that on video and ancillaries. The suit is still going on.
“I thought the movie was an urban myth but when I saw it, from a filmmaker perspective it was more inspiring than any movie I’d ever seen,” Coon told me. “These kids had done something ridiculous and impossible and the last time I had the experience of a movie being made because it was sheer fun was when I’d seen Kill Bill. I went in feeling cynical but there was no cynicism in these kids. They did the movie because they loved it. It had its premiere and then sat on a shelf.”
Which is where the documentary and feature prospects could also sit if Steven Spielberg and George Lucas don't give their approval, seeing as Raiders of the Lost Ark is their film, after all. Still, Spielberg has reportedly seen the original remake and loved it, so hopefully he'll be game, but who knows with Lucas.
[Via The Dissolve]