Epic Raiders of The Lost Ark Fan Film Nears Completion

Epic Raiders of The Lost Ark Fan Film Nears Completion

The shot-for-shot remake, 30 years in the making, is using Kickstarter to finish the final scene.

Back in 1982, two young boys by the names of Chris Strompolo and Eric Zala were stoked after seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark and were looking for adventure of their own. Even though they were only 10 and 11, respectively, they set out to make a shot-for-shot remake of Raiders using whatever they could get their hands on. They worked on what would later be called Raiders of The Lost Ark: The Adaptation until 1989, completing every scene except for one, the epic battle with the burly Nazi under the experimental airplane. Now, Strompolo and Zala are looking to Kickstarter to get the funds to finally finish what they started 30 years ago.

The fan film has become a cult classic shortly after the two called it quits in 1989. It featured every scene, line of dialog, and stunt, recreated with little budget, but lots of love. Boy Scout uniforms doubled as Nazi garb, and cardboard cutouts became exotic jungles. They even painted hieroglyphics on their basement wall, turning it into the Well of Souls. As boys, they never figured out a good way to shoot the airplane scene, but now they want to revisit it and finally finish their childhood project. With that complete, they'll also release a digital version, so those of us far away from a fandom nexus, like the Alamo Drafthouse, can still see it.

The entire Raiders Adaptation story is pretty amazing. It's been documented in a book, which has also been recently optioned as a movie by Napoleon Dynamite producer Jeremy Coon. The most I ever did as a kid was construct a crane to better haul water guns into my tree house, and even then it didn't work so well. I hope these guys can get the funds to finally finish their dream project and do it right. To adventure and imagination!

Source: Kickstarter

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Wait, so... does Mr. Indiana Jones suddenly grow from 12 years old to 30 for the last scene or something?

Maybe I'm not understanding this correctly.

Surely by making a $50,000 (or $125,000 as their stretch goal) scene is going to make it stick out in the middle of the film even more when compared to the low-budget, no doubt shoddy looking 80's betamax shots. Why not go back and recreate the low-budget love even if sure, you're actors will have grown by 30 years?

Alpha Maeko:
Wait, so... does Mr. Indiana Jones suddenly grow from 12 years old to 30 for the last scene or something?

Maybe I'm not understanding this correctly.

Nope, that's entirely correct, and possibly in keeping with the spirit of the remake anyways.

My god, it's "Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote" come to life.

IanDavis:

Alpha Maeko:
Wait, so... does Mr. Indiana Jones suddenly grow from 12 years old to 30 for the last scene or something?

Maybe I'm not understanding this correctly.

Nope, that's entirely correct, and possibly in keeping with the spirit of the remake anyways.

Presumably their characters are jumping about in age between 12 and 16 already, so this is just one more jump.

But I agree with the above post, I don't see why they need such a massive chunk of Kickstarter money. Surely this is something that could be done very cheaply, especially with the money they are presumably making out of the story being optioned.

Flatfrog:

IanDavis:

Alpha Maeko:
Wait, so... does Mr. Indiana Jones suddenly grow from 12 years old to 30 for the last scene or something?

Maybe I'm not understanding this correctly.

Nope, that's entirely correct, and possibly in keeping with the spirit of the remake anyways.

Presumably their characters are jumping about in age between 12 and 16 already, so this is just one more jump.

But I agree with the above post, I don't see why they need such a massive chunk of Kickstarter money. Surely this is something that could be done very cheaply, especially with the money they are presumably making out of the story being optioned.

The main drive behind all this was always to do the best they could, as faithful as possible. It would be really a dream come true for them to finish it with a bang. The magic behind this adaptation is that you can feel that the guys always aimed to the best, with a truckload of obvious limitations.

Pledged.

 

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