It took childhood friends Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala seven years to make their scene by scene recreation of Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” They got started when they were just 11 years old back in the 1980s and didn’t finish up the movie they dubbed, “Raiders,” until they were 18.
After years of being handed around on old VHS tapes, and then DVDs, the movie became a cult classic that has been called the best fan film of all time by Hollywood heavyweights. Even Steven Spielberg, himself, reportedly sent a letter of praise to Chris and Eric back in 2003. And now, “Napoleon Dynamite” producer Jeremy Coon has optioned the rights to their story, and could be bringing to the big screen. Here’s what Chris Strompolos told Showbiz Tonight about that, “It’s really exciting to think about it, and it’ll be odd to see some little kid in an Indiana Jones costume playing me, playing Indy.”
So, just how did these guys make such an amazing cult classic when they were just kids?! Tune in to Showbiz Tonight on HLN at 11 p.m. ET/PT to find out!