As a way to promote the upcoming release of the new documentary Raiders! The Story of The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made, Drafthouse Films has released a side-by-side trailer that shows off some of the footage from the original shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark made by teenagers in Mississippi over the course of seven years. Some of the shots aren't exact matches, but remember, this was pre-internet and before the rise of VHS tapes and the home video market, so these guys were largely going from memory and their own storyboards. Pretty impressive, huh?
Raiders! comes to theaters and VOD on June 17, and I'll have a review for you then.
After Steven Spielberg's classic Raiders of the Lost Ark was released 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!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made is just that: the story of this long-gestating project's culmination, chronicling the friends' dedication to their artistic vision-mixed in with some movie magic-to create a personal, epic love letter to a true modern classic.