The once promising indie film Fanboys, a movie set in 1998 that tells the story of a group of friends who decide to break into Skywalker Ranch and steal an early print of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace so that a friend suffering from cancer can view the film before his death, has released an all new theatrical one-sheet movie poster that parodies the promo poster for the Judd Apatow comedy, The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
At this point, who knows if the movie will ever actually be released in theaters because its distributer, The Weinstein Company (TWC), has been consistently pushing back its release date for almost two years while trying to change everything about the film. I know Fanboys was close to being released in 2007 before TWC decided they wanted to cut the friend dying from cancer storyline and bring the entire cast back together for some serious re-shoots. When and if we ever get to see the final product is anybody’s guess, but I have read that the film in its original incarnation is every fanboys’ dream.
The film stars Kristen Bell, Jay Baruchel, Dan Fogler, Sam Huntington and Chris Marquette and has a sick list of cameos, including Kevin Smith, William Shatner, Seth Rogen, Ethan Suplee and many more familiar faces, including more former Star Wars actors than you shake a stick at. The movie was even blessed by Mr. Star Wars himself, George Lucas, and yet still The Weinstein Company refuses to release the movie. The only promising sign is the release of this new theatrical one-sheet movie poster with a very Yoda-like tag line at the bottom. One would think that if TWC is finally putting some money into marketing the film that they’re going to have to release it eventually, right?
As of now Fanboys, directed by Kyle Newman, is scheduled for a February 6, 2009 release.