Friday, September 28, 2007

FANBOYS (2008)

(Red Alert: may contain some spoilers)

It's the year 1998

A group of Star Wars fanboys head out across the U.S. on a roadtrip west to George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch to fulfill the wish of a dying friend to see Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

One small problem... they don't have permission -- but being hard core SW loyalists they hatch a plan to break into the Lucas high security ranch, steal a print and screen the movie months before it's pending public release.

Fanboys Trailer


George Lucas Gives ‘Fanboys’ Thumbs Up - (Geeks of Doom)

After George Lucas was given an advanced screening of the rough cut of the film, he enjoyed it and gave it his "stamp of approval". He then contacted the filmmakers with his authorization to use Star Wars sound effects.

Filmmaker and Star Wars fan Kevin Smith also viewed an early version of the film and asked for and was allowed a cameo in the film. Just recently, the movie was pushed back once more (to January 2008) because director Kyle Newman was given more funding to shoot additional scenes that the original budget did not include. Getting the cast back together will only be possible in September 2007, thus the movie's release date had to be moved to 2008.

A rough cut of the full film was shown in public for the first time at Star Wars Celebration Europe on July 14th, 2007. The screening was followed by a Q&A session with director Kyle Newman.

TriggerStreetTV Episode 13 "Nerd it Up" Industry Insight section
Carter Swan interviews FANBOYS and JETSONS scribe Adam F. Goldberg


Director - Kyle Newman

Writing credits

Ernest Cline (story)
Dan Pulick (story)

Ernest Cline (screenplay)
Adam F. Goldberg (screenplay)

Acting Credits

Sam Huntington - Eric
Chris Marquette - Linus
Dan Fogler - Hutch
Jay Baruchel - Windows
Kristen Bell - Zoe
Seth Rogen
Danny Trejo - The Chief
William Shatner - Himself
Carrie Fisher - Doctor
Jaime King - Amber
Christopher McDonald - Big Chuck Bottler
David Denman - Chaz
Joe Lo Truglio - Jail Gaurd
Ray Park - Security Guard
Billy Dee Williams
Allie Grant - Kimmy
Lou Taylor Pucci Boba Fett #1
Pell James - Crystal
Noah Segan - Boba Fett #2
Kyle Newman - Fanboy Yoda
Nicole Marie Lenz - Christie Brinkley Girl
Rachel Klein - Liz
Jordan Gelber - Harry Knowles
Daniel Spink - The Man with Six Fingers
Ernest Cline - Ensign Wierzbowski
Thom Bishops - Gruvock
Charlie B. Brown - Myron
Peter Reinert - THX Guard
Hugh Elliot - The Ewok
Clark Sanchez - Steve Sandia
John C. Mann - Ensign Eddie
Shappy Seasholtz - Admiral Seasholtz Posse Member
Yvonne Alemany-Coffer - Tie Pilot/Star Journey Tourist

Produced by

Evan Astrowsky - producer
Dana Brunetti - producer
D. Scott Lumpkin - line producer
Kevin Mann - executive producer
Matthew Perniciaro - producer
Kevin Spacey - producer
Ron Cosmo Vecchiarelli - line producer: additional photography

Production Companies

Trigger Street Productions
Coalition Film


Weinstein Company, The (2008) (USA) (all media)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation (MGM) (2008) (USA) (theatrical)

Special Effects

Solventdreams (visual effects)

Release Dates:
USA 18 January 2008
Iceland 2 February 2008

Full Credits

(07:33) Fanboys Q&A - The cast and crew of 'Fanboys' spoke at Star Wars Celebration IV.

G4 TV interviews Chris Marquette, Kyle Newman and Dan Fogler about the upcoming movie "Fanboys" at the 2007 San Diego Comic Con

YouTube - Kristen Bell at FanBoys Panel

more "Fanboy" intel

Lucas Gives Fanboys F/X Help

Latino Review - Comic Con 7/26/2007 - Fanboys Panel

USA TODAY article - Whoever Fanboy is, he has plenty of power

Fanboys Pushed Back to January 2008

The Ultimate Fanboys Contest

Ultimate Fan Boys Contest - Triggerstreet Update

Fanboys at myspace

Fanboys at Rotten Tomatoes

The US nation-wide theatrical release is announced for January 18, 2008. Although the title is the same and the plot description is somewhat similar, the film is unrelated to the earlier fanfilm of the same name.


Sam Huntington and Kristen Bell had previously worked together in two episodes of Bell's now-defunct noir show, Veronica Mars.

Originally Jorge Garcia was attached to play Harry Knowles, but scheduling conflicts with "Lost" (2005) caused him to turn down the role. Then, Kevin Smith stepped in and was reportedly very enthusiastic, but some last-minute editing for Clerks II(2006) forced him to step down.

The scene with the "Star Trek" fans in full costume dedicating the Captain William T. Kirk birthplace statue as they confront the Star Wars fans was shot on location in the Town Square Park Plaza of Las Vegas, New Mexico. You can see the historic Plaza Hotel in the background in certain shots.

Movie Connections:

"Star Trek" (1966)
- The Star Trek convention scene
"Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987)
- Captain Picard's statue
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
- Seeing the movie is the main plot
Star Wars (1977)
- The trash-compactor scene and various other scenes


[from trailer]
Hutch: Nobody calls Han Solo a dirtbag!

[from trailer]
William Shatner: Are you kidding? I'm William Shatner; I can score anything.

other links
  1. CinemaClock - Info, Reviews and Showtimes (Canada)
  2. IGN Filmforce
  3. Hollywood Stock Exchange
  5. Ain't It Cool News
  6. Ain't It Cool News
  7. Box Office Prophets
  9. Ioncinema
  10. KillerMovies
  11. - News
  12. - Preview
  14. RopeofSilicon
  15. SoundtrackCollector - Soundtrack Information
  16. - Preview, Trailer, Pictures, Posters
  17. (German)
  18. Comic Con
  19. HomeMediaMagazine

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