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You A Star Wars Maniac? Custom crazy stuff? Outlandish Costumes? FANBOYS Wants You!

Published at: Jan. 23, 2006, 11:03 a.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here... Y'all are well aware of my love for this project. Contrary to the sound of this letter - this isn't just a wanton Star Wars humpfest - it's more about the love a generation that saw the original films when they were originally released had for not just those films, but everything that THAT generation discovered and bonded together that followed those films. This is about a GUNS OF NAVARONE mission to break into the toughest fucking fortress with a mad genius out to rule the world running it. That's right! It's also about friends, childhood friends and how the dynamics change or don't change. How you cling to childhood to avoid being an adult. How you avoid your childhood to pretend to be an adult. And ultimately the balance betwixt the two is what makes us geeks rule so hard! So - Here ya go...

January 23rd, 2006

Dear Star Wars Fans,

In four short weeks we are about to embark on a journey of epic proportions to make the ultimate fan film, Fanboys, a comedy about friends, fans and delusions of grandeur.

The film was written by Ernest Cline and Adam F. Goldberg and will begin shooting this February 22nd in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fanboys is a co-production between Trigger Street Productions (Kevin Spacey's production company)/ Coalition Film and will be distributed worldwide by The Weinstein Company.

Fanboys takes place in the fall of 1998, a time when everything was pure and Star Wars ruled the world once again. We follow four life-long best friends who travel cross-country in an attempt to break into George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch. Their mission is to see Star Wars Episode I early when they discover one of the young men in their group is diagnosed with terminal cancer and will not live long enough to see the film in theaters the following May. This film expresses what it means to care about something so truly that you would do anything for it… what it means to be a fan.

This is a film for the fans, made by the fans. We were at Celebration in the rain. We waited in line for days for all of the special editions and prequels. And, making this movie is the most important thing in the world to us.

That being said, we need your help Fanboys and Fangirls! While distribution for the film is in place, this is an independent film and we are working on an independent budget. If there was ever a time to put your greatest geek skill to use, it is now. Do you have a knack for sculpting custom action figures? Or a special talent for making Astro-Mech Droids? Maybe you've always wanted to flaunt your Stormtrooper armor on screen? Whatever your Star Wars talent may be, we look to you, the fans, now to help us on this quest.

Albuquerque’s Mos Alba FanForce and their Dewback Ridge Squad division of the 501st have been extremely supportive in helping us make this film already and we thank them immensely.

We wanted everyone out there to know they are more than welcome to be a part of this project and we will announce specific dates and locations in the near future as to when we will need extras in costume for you to be in the film.

Email us at fanboysthemovie@gmail.com with any and all things you would be willing to offer this project and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thanks and may the force be with you all.

Best,

Kyle Newman Matthew Perniciaro

Director Producer

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  • Jan. 23, 2006, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Star Wars maniacs?

    by Zino

    Not likely to find many of them here.

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 11:10 a.m. CST

    What's Star Wars?

    by Josh Town

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Seriously though, this will rock hard...

    by Zino

    ...too bad I'm here in the UK. But it never ceases to amaze me how the childhoods of an entire generation were defined by the original Star Wars trilogy. "Generation Jedi", I recently heard it called. I'm proud to be part of it.

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 11:15 a.m. CST

    gor'blimey...

    by Tony Mike Hall

    nerd alert

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 11:20 a.m. CST

    I hope...

    by BCfreeB

    That these guys have the skills to really pull this off, because It's a pretty interesting and good idea and could be a really good movie if it's handled with the right balance of absurdist humor and heartfelt love. Fingers crossed. www.unseenfilms.com

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 11:30 a.m. CST

    It's a metaphor, you see

    by Banky the Hack

    Because Phantom Menace was like a cancer to the Star Wars saga.

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Pop-cultural, self-aware, self-referencing is fucking dead. Fil

    by HypeEndsHere

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 11:37 a.m. CST

    remember when I typed that fuck nostalgia thing? that was aweso

    by HypeEndsHere

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Saving Fanboys?

    by dictatordaniel

    The plot to the movie sounds eerily similar to that of another independant fan-made movie I saw late last year titled Saving Star Wars. The main character in it is commissioned by his terminally ill son to get George Lucas to make more Star Wars movies. David Prowse (Darth Vader) makes an appearance, and was at the screening that I attended. That sure was awesome for a fan like me.

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Hasn't this already been done like several times?

    by Trazadone

    Sigh. It's boring. We get it, Star Wars fans like Star Wars.

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Sounds like cookie cutter sappy drivel to me...

    by 007-11

    , but with a TWIST! I'll bet anyone a hundred dollars that when the end credits role on TPM the one with cancer will curse Lucas and then die.

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Adam Goldberg? Like "The Hebrew Hammer" Adam Goldberg, or some

    by Chastain-86

    Because I think that guy should be required wear his Hebrew Hammer outfit in every single movie from here on in. There isn't a movie he's done that wouldn't have benefitted from it. The Prophecy? Should have been called The Hebrew Hammer in Angel Trouble. Private Ryan? The Hebrew Hammer Bitchslaps Those Nazi Bastards. Friends? The One Where Chandler Gets A New Roommate, And It's The Hebrew Hammer. This shit just writes itself, people... when the hell is Hollywood going to learn?

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 11:51 a.m. CST

    time to grow up

    by haiku tunnel

    stars wars, once great, now <> petrifies like old dog shit. <> please just let it die.

  • Why don&#39;t some of you fanboys post reviews? I know a shitload of people saw it this weekend. I couldn&#39;t go yet, but will ASAP. Star Wars is old hat. Who cares anymore? I was 8 years old in 1977 and grew up a Star Wars fanatic. Played with the toys, watched the movies OVER AND OVER. Now we have 3 prequels and....well....it&#39;s just like a 7 hours blowjob with no release. It felt good for a while, but with no payoff, was ultimately a worthless and frustrating experience. Sith did NOT save the franchise. It was decent, but compared to Munich or Walk The Line or the Galactica tv show or any number of excellent shows and movies produced in 2005, it was just "ok". Sad that the last 2 season 2.5 Galactica episodes had better acting and more drama than the final Star Wars film.

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 12:07 p.m. CST

    And yet, haiku tunnel, it&#39;s still important enough for you t

    by Citizen Arcane

    Sorry, that you think the franchise is dead but the new game, TV series and the billion dollars the last film made would disagree with you. It&#39;s a lot easier to ignore something than go out of your way to whine about it.

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah, I will always love the 1970&#39;s Lucas...

    by Doom II

    He fueled my love for cinema. I still hold THX-1138, American Graffitti and Star Wars IV up on a pedestal as amazing films. I would love to see that old rebellious film student George Lucas come back and kick my ass again. No gloss, no CGI, just an amazing movie that MOVES me. His buddy Spielberg just did it with Munich (NOT War Of The Worlds!). MOVE ME again George. Crank out another masterpiece befor e you leave us!

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 12:13 p.m. CST

    The Dying Star Wars Kids Last Movie Experience Is The Phantom Me

    by flamingrunt

    HAHAHAHAHAHA. Way to finish the fucker off

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 12:15 p.m. CST

    citizen arcane

    by haiku tunnel

    you sound defensive. <> blisteringly angry, no? <> the truth always hurts.

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 12:19 p.m. CST

    I bulit a Darth Vader out of feces. Can I be featured in this mo

    by Doom II

    I also like to dress up as a Jawa. A 6&#39; tall Jawa. Can I be in the movie? Seriously, best of luck with this. I will always hold Star Wars close to my heart, even though it really let me down. Kinda like my old girlfriends. I have no hard feeling towards any of them and would gladly embrace them if I ran into them, but ultimately things just didn&#39;t work out.

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 12:28 p.m. CST

    No, no, no...Don&#39;t you see? Seeing THE PHANTOM MENACE is li

    by SpyGuy

    Finally, THE PHANTOM MENACE gets to be used for good instead of evil. About bloody time.

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 12:30 p.m. CST

    So does Lucas have them all arrested and the kid dies in jail?

    by Citizen Arcane

    That would be sweet.

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 12:31 p.m. CST

    """Fanboys takes place in the fall of 1998, a time when everythi

    by Orionsangels

    Mot so pure, the special editions had already come out in 97 and altered the original SW forever. So it wasn&#39;t exactly pure. The seed had been planted for what the prequels would be like.

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Dammit...

    by Anna Valerious

    I&#39;m stuck in NE IL. I have never started on any of my SW costumes...which are unfortunately from Ep. 2 and 3...save for an Ep. 6 Endor Leia I&#39;ve been thinking of doing for a very long time. I would like to be an extra, but since Endor Leia has never been started and I&#39;m stuck here, it&#39;s a no go for me.

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Yeah where the fuck is an UNDERWORLD : EVOLUTION review?

    by IAmLegolas

    It&#39;s perfect fodder for Vern. Hey Vern, get busy watching it and get busy typing up a review, pronto. It was a great movie, BTW, but if you didn&#39;t like the first one, don&#39;t bother. *** Great to have 2 SW TB&#39;s in one day (Moriarty mentioned ROTS in his Best Of 2005 TB), and here I thought those TB&#39;s were dead and gone. Let the fun flaming and bickering commence!!!!

  • like grandma Walton would say, "like shooting a sittin&#39; bird"

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Hey Newman- Is that Adam Goldberg from NYU 98?

    by Some Dude

    I still remember you and Yorkes outclassing all other SW collectors back in the day, outside Third North with a TRU bag full of vehicles.

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 12:49 p.m. CST

    I&#39;m not sure what&#39;s worse, dying of cancer or putting ev

    by ShaunTheEdifice

    The latter would certainly speed up the inevitable. Perhaps the filmmakers will take a realistic approach to this story by having the friends actually admit they hated the film. From there, the terminally ill (not to mention utterly heartbroken)kid will beat cancer to the finish by strapping explosives to himself and taking out Skywalker ranch and Lucas in one stop motion model explosion. Thus honoring the original trilogy by both not using CGI AND preventing it&#39;s creator from destroying the series any further with the following prequels.

  • Then go see Underworld Evolution

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 12:57 p.m. CST

    When the fuck did you guys get so funny?

    by rotten666

    Seriously, your cracking me up. Especially that guy ranting about the hebrew hammer.

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 1:29 p.m. CST

    The Kid better disappear &#39;into the Force&#39; when he dies,

    by George Newman

    Back before George gave what-I-had-thought-was-a-standard-jedi-practice Idea to Qui-Gonn. What the crap. that was retarded. Qui-Gonn did not invent that technique. No!

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Be realistic Newman

    by chrth

    If every Jedi could disappear into the Force, where the hell were they? Why weren&#39;t they helping Luke?

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Yes, be realistic...

    by Tony Mike Hall

    and quit the dork debate on whether jedis disappear when they die. Who gives a crap. Grow up, move on, debate something meaningful for a change. Like whether the jedi order is really just a closeted homosexual organization. Obi-Brokeback Kenobi.

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Actually Qui-Gon didn&#39;t invent it he discovered it.

    by Forestal

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Actually he didn&#39;t discover it so much as he perfected it

    by Tony Mike Hall

    But don&#39;t encourage them...

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Ok everyone, Tony Mike Hall has declared it illegal to discuss m

    by Citizen Arcane

    So cease and disist.

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Star Wars Fans jealous of Star Trek Fans

    by K-pobuibo

    they have two Trekkies movies out already. No more are needed there, so I guess they want to poke fun at the SW fans now.

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Yeah, but would Trekkies even exist if not for Troops?

    by chrth

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Darth Arcane...

    by Tony Mike Hall

    You sure are testy. I think it&#39;s just wonderful how you&#39;ll menacingly defend Star Wars against all attacks (or perceived attacks). Just settle down there and don&#39;t take it all so seriously, pal, you&#39;ll blow a gasket - maybe you already have. Oh, and I now regrant you permission to chat about Star Wars and all other movies on this movie web site, starting... NOW. Here, I&#39;ll lob one out to get things going: The Sandpeople are neither made of sand nor are they technically people. Discuss!

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 2:50 p.m. CST

    But is being "people" defined by being human?

    by Some Dude

    I tend to think that mereley being sentient or anthropomorphic would give a group of alien meanies the agency to call themselves or be called "people." But I agree with you, they probably aren&#39;t made of sand, except perhaps in the old Marvel comics series. Great stuff in those.

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Mereley?

    by Some Dude

    Whatsa meesa sayin&#39;?

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Excellent points, Some Dude

    by Tony Mike Hall

    Cogent. Persuasive. I&#39;m almost aroused. Well done. What do YOU think about all this, Arcane, you unbelievable jackass?

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Are they filming anywhere outside of Albuquerque?

    by ScienceMan

    Because SkyWalker Ranch is in the great state of Northern California.

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Who&#39;s the more testy, Tony Mike Hall?

    by Citizen Arcane

    The person who goes into a Star Wars thread and tells everyone to shut the fuck up about Star Wars, or the one who calls them on it?

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 3:20 p.m. CST

    SW fans cooler than ST fans

    by Anna Valerious

    Case in point, a woman who was thrown out of jury duty because she wore her starfleet uniform to the trials and drew too much attention to herself, resulting in termination. SW fans wouldn&#39;t do something stupid as to wear their jedi robes to their civic duty.

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 3:24 p.m. CST

    spidey&#39;s new marvel costume (for the book, not the movie)

    by hattori_hanzo

    http://www.marvel.com/publishing/stories/ironspidey/lrg_ironspidey_001.jpg what the mother fuck?

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 3:37 p.m. CST

    What a douchebag you are

    by Tony Mike Hall

    Get a grip. I never told anyone to shut the fuck up about anything. I&#39;ll say it to you now because you&#39;re a complete and utter tool for taking this TB so seriously. I pity anyone who has to interact with you on a daily basis.

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Geeeeex

    by Driver8

    I finally have a reason to take my Chewbacca birthday candles out of my safe deposit box.

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 4:26 p.m. CST

    yes, because if you wear a starfleet costume to jury duty, you a

    by HypeEndsHere

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Spidey in that link looks the result of radiation poisoning

    by Canada's King

    What the mother fuck indeed.

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 5:33 p.m. CST

    I don&#39;t care what people think, Some of those INDIANA JONES

    by R.C. the "Wise"

    Especially mine!

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Yack Backer: Under 100 pounds...She doesn&#39;t sound too hot t

    by R.C. the "Wise"

    Though, I actually have seen some hot trekkers, yet no hot Star Wars fans. ha!

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 5:37 p.m. CST

    She was under 100 pounds because part of her body had been assim

    by krullboy

    and I hate Star Trek (except for the one where Spock dry-humped a whale!!!!!!)

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 5:47 p.m. CST

    YackBacker...it&#39;s like that SNL sketch with the people who c

    by Anna Valerious

    Man 1: You couldn&#39;t get into see "Star Wars", too, huh? Man 2: What&#39;s this "Star War" you speak of?

  • In the pilot of the Warp 11 show, it&#39;s Trekkies vs. Star Wars fans. A bunch of Star Wars fans beat up the drummer in the parking lot. It&#39;s hillarious. www.warp11.com

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 7:21 p.m. CST

    This film doesn&#39;t sound like a tragedy.

    by one9deuce

    At least the poor kid doesn&#39;t live to see Attack of the Clones or Revenge of the Sith.

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Sorry PonyProductions

    by one9deuce

    But just the character names alone make your project sound kind of crappy.

  • You fucking bunch of loser nerds...

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Anyone remember the unfortunately short-lived "Undergrads"?

    by Anna Valerious

    There was a great episode where Gimpy, the resident SW fan, faces the wrath of the head Trekkie he overthrew in his dorm building...one that had changed the floor&#39;s showers to the set of classic Star Trek. Man, what a great episode...I gotta get that DVD online since it&#39;s only widely avaliable in Canada, dammit.

  • Jan. 23, 2006, 10:42 p.m. CST

    where the fuck are any reviews at all.

    by Anti-Critic

    these guys don&#39;t watch movies that we&#39;ll ever see anymore.....

  • Jan. 24, 2006, 3:22 a.m. CST

    More Rapist Of Childhood

    by Exterminans

    The cycle of abuse continues. Lucas raped their childhood so now they must rape ours all over again. All kidding aside this could be a lot of fun if it isn&#39;t too self aware and too sentimental. It&#39;s a fine line to walk. I won&#39;t hold my breath.

  • Jan. 24, 2006, 6 a.m. CST

    With a little luck the cancer would reach his brain before he go

    by TheAllSeeingEye

    That way he&#39;d not know he was watching a festering pile of shit. He&#39;d probably go home and OD on his chemotherapy drugs after he saw it anyway.

  • ...and coming up with a sappy crap-fest film about Star Wars fans was just the ticket!!! One of the fans gets terminal cancer??? Give me a fucking break.

  • Jan. 25, 2006, 2:31 a.m. CST

    Funniest talkback ever.

    by Jon E Cin

    Seriously...I&#39;m dying over here!