A long time ago, at the Pacific Winnetka movie theater near Woodland Hills, I saw the first test screening of Kyle Newman’s Fanboys. At the time, the movie was about a group of friends trying to get their dying buddy into Skywalker Ranch so he could see Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace before he passed. While not a perfect film but any means, I laughed a lot (along with the entire audience), loved the casting, and thought it did a great job of portraying Star Wars fanatics with love. The group also reminded me a lot of my friends, and I left the theater excited to share the film with them.
What happened next is one of those crazy Hollywood stories that’s hard to believe.
As most of you have heard, Harvey Weinstein acquired the low budget comedy and proceeded to spend millions to try and remove the cancer storyline. Not only that, but he hired a new director that had never seen Star Wars to do the editing. While Weinstein loves movies, this was a huge WTF decision that I’ve always been curious about. So when I sat down with producer Dana Brunetti for an extended interview in his office last week, eventually we got to what happened with Fanboys. If you’d like to hear about what really happened, hit the jump to watch.
- Talks about Fanboys and the crazy behind-the-scenes drama on bringing that movie to theaters. Talks about how the cancer storyline was removed when it shouldn’t have been.
- Tells a story about Harvey Weinstein at the first test screening and his reaction.