How good was a fan-crafted remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark? So good that it's gotten its own documentary.
Raiders! is the name of the documentary, which chronicles the story of how two young friends set out in 1982 to make their own shot-for-shot version of Raiders of the Lost Ark -- and damn near succeeded.
It took seven years and a lot of allowance money, but Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala finished their adaptation of Raiders -- all except for one scene. Meanwhile, as the years went by, their remake became the stuff of legend, taking on a life of its own, getting championed by directors and bloggers and eventually becoming the subject of a book.
Strompolos and Zala finally reunited 25 years later, in 2014, to complete that last scene -- the airplane fight -- and filmmakers Jeremy Coon and Tim Skousen captured the two friends' journey for Raiders!.
The documentary will premiere at next month’s South by Southwest film festival in Austin, where it will play alongside a special screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation itself. Check out the official synopsis and trailer below.
In 1982, two 11 year-olds in Mississippi set out to remake their favorite film: Raiders of the Lost Ark. It took seven turbulent years that tested the limits of their friendship and nearly burned down their mother's house. By the end, they had completed every scene except one... the explosive airplane scene. Thirty years later, they attempt to finally realize their childhood dream by building a replica of the 75-foot "Flying Wing" plane from Raiders in a mud pit in the backwoods of Mississippi... and then blow it up! This is the story behind the making of what is known as "the greatest fan film ever made."