Is That Star Wars Coming-of-Age Film '77' Finally Getting a Release?
Half of you are probably thinking "what Star Wars coming-of-age film?" The other half, maybe, are thinking "ohhh yeaa, I remember that." If you were reading this site way back in 2009, we posted a trailer for a film titled '77, shortened from 5-25-77. Movie geeks should instantly recognize that date as the day Star Wars, or rather A New Hope, was released. It's a coming-of-age story about a kid and his experience seeing Star Wars, and the trailer looked great. Jump ahead three years and it still hasn't been released, haven't heard a word since, until now. Variety's Jeff Sneider tweeted "5-25-77 is coming out this spring on that very day…"
The story was picked up by SlashFilm, who has started to speculate that we may officially see this '77 movie finally this summer. While I'm certainly excited for it, things aren't as nostalgic anymore, it may have been better to release this around Super 8 and Fanboys (or maybe not). But it may not get a wide theatrical release this summer, in fact there's more to it. After Sneider wrote that tweet, the film's director, Patrick Read Johnson, replied back to him, stating 5/25 was not the release date, but "the cross-country road-trip adventure that begins that day will lead us to one!" I can't figure out if that means they're doing a tour with the film, or if he's driving cross country to negotiate a distribution deal, but I'm intrigued nonetheless.
The film was shot in 2007 independently by Patrick Read Johnson, starring John Francis Daley, entirely in Illinois. It screened at Star Wars Celebration back in 2007, but hasn't been shown too many places since. You can read a full rundown on the distribution troubles on Hollywood-Elsewhere. But now Read Johnson seems to hint that it might indeed be coming this summer after all, tweeting: "On 5-25-12, a 1975 Ford Pinto will depart Wadsworth, Illinois to deliver a precious cargo to 3 very important people." He included a photo, that artwork seen below, which it sounds like is only a tease, not the actual release date for the film.
As a die-hard, life-long Star Wars fan who grew up with the originals, I'm inherently interested in this. And based on that trailer years ago (which you can still see on YouTube), this looks much better than Fanboys, much more like a real coming-of-age drama. We'll definitely keep an eye out for updates and will certainly let you know once Patrick Read Johnson sets an official date for '77. Already getting anxious to finally see it!
I wanted to see this in 2009 - and now I want to see it 2012! Maybe they'll have a sneak preview on May the 4th 😀
LMA on Apr 16, 2012
My friend Ken Mitchell plays John Dykstra. I've been waiting 5 years to see this. They filmed it in 2007.
Tyler Bannock on Apr 16, 2012
"For everyone else movies are something to do when you're tired of real life, to you, real life is something to do when you're tired of watching movies..." That quote from the trailer still gives me chills, I'm very happy this is finally getting the release it deserves.
peloquin on Apr 17, 2012
I'm right there with Tyler... I've wanted to see this for 5 years now. I've been following it and I just figured they had to stop for some reason or that the film wasn't up to snuff...
DaftBot on Apr 17, 2012
My very first memory (Im 39 now) is going to see Star Wars with my dad in 77'. It was such a dramatic experience it forever seered into my brain not only the power of cinema, but how much of an effect it has had on my life. I distinctly remember the audience, a packed house, all throwing their hands in the air during the space flight scenes like they were on a roller coaster. It was that visceral of an experience. That and me and my 34 year old father playing "millenium falcon" in his Toyota Corolla as we drove home. That night turned me into a film lover and respecter of the art form for all time.
Chjapa on Apr 18, 2012
Some of this was filmed at my grandmas house when he falls out the window that's at her house
notnow on Aug 15, 2012
It's almost 2013 so is this ever coming out?
serialthrilla099 on Nov 24, 2012
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