Every summer from ages 11 to 18, Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala worked on their $5000 shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Nothing much came of it after they premiered it to a local Missisippi audience in 1989, but Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation found a second life at the turn of the century. By 2003, the imitation reached Steven Spielberg—he sent the filmmakers a letter of congratulation. Producer Jeremy Coon (Napoleon Dynamite) wants to tell their story.
Coon optioned Alan Eisenstock‘s book Raiders!, that documents the behind-the-scenes from the genesis of the idea to the boys’ eventual falling out. Coon intends to start with a documentary as he works to set up a narrative feature. More after the jump.