This is getting ridiculous. Just as Fanboys is due to make its debut onto our silver screens (the last known release date was 1/18/08, only a few days from now) , after countless months and even years of waiting around for the film to finally be finished, there’re rumors via Slashfilm that the Weinstein Co. are going to not only pull the release, but are recutting, reshooting and retelling the story… again! The original outline runs thusly: one of the group is dying with cancer, and his final wish is to see Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace before he dies, which he is due to do well before the film’s release date. So he and his friends plot to steal a copy from Skywalker Ranch. Sounds good, right?
The latest rumour? That Cancer-Boy isn’t good enough motivation for the motley crew to high-tail it over to Lucas’ estate, and instead they will undertake this for the sake of good old fashioned hi-jinks! Rather than making it for a dying friend, a nice and inspiring twist, instead the clever executives who hold the purse strings think that it should be a typical heist movie, where they go after it simply because they want it. It seems they’ve gotten a little spooked:
“Apparently the Apatow people have done research which says most people won’t laugh for 5 or 10 minutes after cancer is mentioned”
First of all, pulling the release this close to the date is just mean, not to mention bad business as all the fans who were previously interested in the movie just drift away (probably to the Cloverfield premiere, is it possible that this is all just a ploy to get out of going head to head with a monster smash?), and secondly removing the motivation of the characters would surely require massive quantities of reshoots, not to mention would be the equivilent of a failed heart transplant on a previously healthy patient. Lets hope that this is really just a rumor, or the fanbois of Fanboys are gonna be in for a rough ride.
Talking Points: Do you think that the Weinstein Company should re-cut Fanboys again?