The story behind Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made is the stuff of legend. Two buddies, Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos, saw Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark when they were kids and decided to reenact it on camera. The project was seemingly squashed after the two had a falling out over a girl, but they reunited years later to finish it. That reunion is documented in Raiders!, and after screening at various film festivals, it will get a theatrical release.
Drafthouse Films announced via press release the acquisition of the worldwide rights to the documentary from Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen. No release date has been set other than the broad slot of “summer of 2016.” However, Drafthouse did reveal that the North American theatrical run will be accompanied by various VOD, digital platform, Blu-ray, and DVD releases.
A trailer for the documentary was released earlier last year, featuring interviews with Eli Roth, John Rhys Davies, Harry Knowles, and other individuals who helped spread the word about the project. The press release describes the film as follows:
After Steven Spielberg’s classic film was released almost 35 years ago, three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi set out on what would become a 7-year-long labor of love and tribute to their favorite film: a faithful, shot-for-shot adaptation of the action adventure film. They finished every scene…except one; the film’s explosive airplane set piece. Over two decades later, the trio reunited with the original cast members from their childhood in order to complete their masterpiece. Featuring interviews with John Rhys Davies, Eli Roth and more, Raiders! is the story of the project’s culmination, chronicling the friends’ dedication to their artistic vision-mixed in with some movie magic-to create the greatest fan film ever made.
Watch the aforementioned trailer below: