Story of 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' Adaptation Kids Heads to Big Screen
by Ethan Anderton
October 15, 2013
Last fall, we highlighted a new book called Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made, an account of the making of the greatest fan film ever made - Chris Strompolos & Eric Zala's Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, a shot-for-shot remake shot in 1989 of Steven Spielberg's original Indiana Jones movie. Now the story has caught the eyes of Napoleon Dynamite producer Jeremy Coon as the book by Alan Eisenstock has been optioned for a feature film deal. The process of shooting the much buzzed about fan film lasted seven years, with the kids beginning at age 11 and finishing at 18 years old.
The kids even shot part of the film on Betamax at first, but then were forced to moved to VHS when the former became obsolete. Strompolos and Zala, who are now in their 40s, will produce the adaptation, but first they will work with Coon on a documentary about making a movie, that is a remake of another movie. And don't forget all of that will be chronicled in another movie called Raiders!. It's the Inception of movie deals. Yeah, our noses started bleeding too. There's a chance the documentary might be enough to tell the tale of these kids' dedication to Indiana Jones and filmmaking, so we'll see if the feature film happens.
If you don't yet know what we're talking about, here's a trailer for the book:
Coon spoke to Deadline saying, "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. 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.” The film could prove difficult to make unless they get Steven Spielberg and George Lucas' permission, but we'll see what happens.