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Fanboys Writer Ernie Cline Penning Thundercade Next

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April 9, 2008
Source: Variety

Thundercade

After putting together an (apparently) brilliant script for Fanboys, all about Star Wars nerds, self-proclaimed geek Ernie Cline has written a script about gamers, both old and new. Titled Thundercade, the movie centers on a videogame junkie who faces a midlife crisis when he discovers a young punk has beaten the world record he has held since his teens. Determined to reclaim his place in gaming history, he and two friends escape their 9-to-5 lives for a shot to win Thundercade, the world's ultimate gaming championship. Already sounds awesome and they haven't even hired a director yet!

The first bit of good news - Lakeshore Entertainment is producing, which means we can expect The Weinstein Company not to screw this one up. If you're not familiar with the story behind Fanboys, make sure to go read up on it. Lakeshore typically distributes their movies through Lionsgate or MGM, although any distributor could sign a deal - hopefully it's not the Weinstein's! Dan Farah of Farah Films and Cline developed the film from concept to script and I don't think either will let it fall into the wrong hands. Lakeshore plans to fast-tack this into production the moment they get a director attached.

Cline, a "self-described vidgame addict who owns six different game consoles", describes his inspiration:

"Having spent countless hours playing Xbox with my nephew and listening to him trash-talk me, I fell in love with the idea of pitting older classic arcade-era gamers from the '80s against teenagers -- the Atari 2600 generation vs. the Xbox 360 generation."

I absolutely LOVE that idea for a movie. I'm sure its got the same geek-fueled passion that Fanboys has (before it was torn apart), which is what I've heard makes Fanboys such a great Star Wars parody. Being a gamer myself and hearing about that idea, I can't help but smile a big geeky smile in anticipation. And if you're not confident in Cline's knowledge of the video game universe, just check out his official website - ernestcline.com. Seen below is Ernie playing some arcade games himself "back in the day."

Ernie gaming it up!

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  • Young Dave
    Sounds strangely like a mashup of the plots from King of Kong's world record culture and Dodgeball/Balls of Fury/Beerfest's over-the-top competition of a not-so-serious sport. Still, the Old vs. New generation gap idea that was mentioned sounds intriguing.
  • It IS a great premise, but like Dave, the first think I thought of was King of Kong -- which already has a feature film adaptation in development. Are we going to get the battle of the video game movies?! http://movies.ign.com/articles/846/846366p1.html (Nathan Fillion as Steve Weibe would be PERFECT.)
  • Ponda Baba
    Hahaha! Fanboys script brilliant? Why do you think it had to be reshot? I saw it and it was UNWATCHABLE. The reshoot was a last ditch effort to try and save that TURD. Now the same genius rips off King of Kong? Wow what a talent.
  • Fred Savage
    According to AICN Thundercade was written the year before King of Kong even came out. http://www.aintitcool.com/?q=node/36351 This sounds more like Tin Cup or The Wizard.

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