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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Kyle Newman Matthew Perniciaro