Back in 1982, two 11-year-old boys, Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala, set off to make their own shot-for-shot remake of Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, spending a full seven years to complete what is now known as Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation. Their fan film achieved quite a bit of notice some years back, including commendations from Spielberg himself. While a narrative version of the boys’ coming-of-age story has been rumored for awhile, Deadline today reports that the project is moving forward with Napoleon Dynamite‘s Jeremy Coon coming aboard to produce.
“Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made,” a 2012 book by Alan Eisenstock about the production, is set to serve as the film’s source material. At one point, Ghost World creator Daniel Clowes was attached to provide the screenplay, but there’s no word on whether or not his script is being used for this iteration of the project.
Be sure to check out ComingSoon.net’s interview with Strompolos from earlier this year and check back for updates on the project as they become available.