In 1982 on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, three kids decided to remake the biggest summer hit of the season shot by shot, scene for scene... Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark... They were just eleven years old. Seven years later they finished, and nearly twenty years on their Adaptation is re-discovered.
The guy who came up with the idea to do this movie (as well as starring as Indiana), Chris Strompolos, was on Triple J's Breakfast Show this morning while I was out on my walk. They had him on because the movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark - The Adaptation, is showing in both Melbourne and Sydney this week thanks to Popcorn Taxi. The movie is also going to be followed by a Q&A session by Chris.
This is definately one of those times when I wish I lived in Melbourne... I would love to go and see this!
TheRaider.net has a great feature on the movie, including shot for shot comparisons as well as (my favourite) trivia about the making of the movie... and from the sounds of it these were three very resourceful and talented boys! They even got a letter from Steven Spielberg telling them how impressed he was with their movie.
So, if you're in Melbourne (tomorrow) or Sydney (Thursday), please go check this out... if only so I can live vicariously through you *grin*.