Movies, more so than probably any other entertainment medium, generate incredible fandom. Historically, the most powerful fan-makers in the movie business are great film franchises. These film goliaths inspire such a response from fans that not only do fans pretend to be characters in the films, but they create countless supplementary works to them, commonly called “fan fiction.”
Some of the great fan fiction works include “A Very Potter Musical,” which retells the story of Harry Potter in musical form; “The Problem of Susan,” written by Neil Gaiman, which fills in the the blank that C.S. Lewis left at the end of his “Chronicles of Narnia” series involving Susan Pevensie; and even works that have become well known in their own right, such as “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” based off of Jane Austen’s masterpiece.
And then there is “Raiders! The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made,” a long-in-the-making fan film centered on the great Indiana Jones franchise and, in particular, “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
After the original film came out, three 11-year old boys from Mississippi set out to make a shot for shot adaptation of the film, a project that took them 7 years to complete. (They recreated every scene except for the one with the exploding airplane, understandably so.)
Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen’s “Raiders!” has now been picked up for worldwide release by Drafthouse Films, which will release the film across North America in the summer of 2016, along with a variety of VOD and digital platforms. A Blu-ray/DVD release will follow later in the year. The film has already enjoyed a healthy festival run, including screenings at SXSW, DOC NYC and the Fantasia International Film Festival.
Of the news, Drafthouse Films COO James Emanuel Shapiro said, “‘Raiders!’ is a perfect brand fit for us. And we’re proud to continue the legacy of the truly greatest fan film ever made!”