Posted September 15 2006 - 04:35 AM
A little story:
My cousin is a struggling screen writer who lives in LA. He's been having some moderate success selling his screen plays to a few European production companies (One movie may be filmed in Galway and has the interest of some of the Python boys to produce). Although he's been bouncing between LA, NYC, Germany and Ireland for the last few years nothing of his has yet made it to screen. He's currently writing for German television.
Anyway, about two years ago he was telling me how he and his partner were pitching this particular movie all over Hollywood. They managed to get meetings with a number of studio executives, but couldn't sell it. All the studios seemed to think that his idea wouldn't appeal to a wide enough audience.
What was the idea? It was a comedy - a road movie about a group of fanboys travelling in a van enroute to a convention. His version had a mixture of geeks: 1 Star Wars, 1 Star Trek, 1 Comic Book, 1 Gamer, 1 Ren-Faire, and 1 Goth/LARPG. The title was...... "Fanboys". It's either theft or coincidence, but that's Hollywood for you. My cousin isn't upset about it since he understands that that's the risk you take when you pitch an idea. They can always change it just enough to get away with it. Besides, if he made a stink he knows he's never get hired.
As far as this one goes: I kind of wish it wasn't focused even more narrowly than my cousin's version. I'd have loved to see other types of "fanboys" lampooned/portrayed, and I think the dialog between the different types could have been hilarious. But, I'm still looking forward to this.
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