In Person: CHRIS STROMPOLOS (Indiana Jones) and ERIC ZALA (Dr Rene Belloq)
It’s 1981. Raiders of the Lost Ark hits the big screen, wowing audiences the world over. Particularly impressed are Eric Zala, Chris Strompolos and Jayson Lamb—three highly motivated twelve-year olds who conceive the impossible: create a shot-for-shot remake of Raiders, stunts and all.
It would take them seven years.
So how do you make a $26 million film on your allowance? Boy Scout uniforms become Nazi costumes; the Mississippi woods stand-in for the Amazon rainforest; Mom’s basement is transformed into a Tibetan tavern (which nearly burns down). The boys’ passion and endless enthusiasm are a joy to behold, but part of the fun is watching them hit puberty. Voices change, actors appear short in one scene, tall the next. They become young men before our eyes; the actor playing Indy even shared his first-ever kiss on-screen with Marion!
Raiders: The Adaptation is unavailable on DVD and has screened publicly in only a handful of venues, always wowing the privileged audience. After a recent tour of Skywalker Ranch and a meeting with Steven Spielberg, the boys (who are now in their late-30s) sold their life story to Paramount Pictures and producer Scott Rudin (The Social Network, No Country for Old Men). Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Daniel Clowes (Ghost World) completed the script as a potential project for director Terry Zwigoff (Crumb, Bad Santa).
Raiders will play at the Lake Placid Film Forum on June 18th, 3:30 p.m. at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Following the screening, Q&A with the filmmakers. To purchase a ticket to see Raiders in advance, click HERE.
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Raiders of the Lost Arc: The Adaptation – BBC Review