Read About ‘Raiders!’ The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

Way back in 1982, when making your own film was actually something of a difficult proposition, a group of friends decided that they’d make their own version of Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation was made by Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala over 7 years, and now author Alan Eisenstock is turning Strompolos and Zala’s journey into a page turner called Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made.

Here’s a description of the book, followed by a video trailer:

In 1982, in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Chris Strompolos, eleven, asked Eric Zala, twelve, a question: “Would you like to help me do a remake Raiders of the Lost Ark?  I’m playing Indiana Jones.”

And they did it.  Every shot, every line of dialogue, every stunt.

They borrowed and collected costumes, convinced neighborhood kids to wear grass skirts and play natives, cast a fifteen-year-old as Indy’s love interest, rounded up seven thousand snakes (sort of), built the Ark, the Idol, the huge boulder, found a desert in Mississippi, and melted the bad guys’ faces off.

It took seven years.

Along the way, Chris had his first kiss (on camera), they nearly burned down the house and incinerated Eric, lived through parents getting divorced and remarried, and watched their friendship disintegrate.

Alan Eisenstock’s Raiders! is the incredible true story of Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos, how they realized their impossible dream of remaking Raiders of the Lost Ark, and how their friendship survived all challenges, from the building of a six-foot round fiberglass boulder to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

Sounds pretty compelling, right? The inside story on what some people call, “the greatest fan film ever made,” might serve as an inspiration to a whole new generation of fan filmmakers.

Raiders! will be released on November 13th. Coincidentally my sister’s birthday, and she’s a big Indy fan. Interesting.

Source: Geek Tyrant

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