You know, this post did get my creative juices flowing just a little bit.
Imagine a movie about a TV show that people only faintly remember has this little cult following. So little that it's a handful of people on a message board. They talk about a bunch of random stuff but they occasionally crowdsource an idea for a reboot. There's the guy who's chronicled it all. The guy who's collected all kinds of artifacts. There's the obsessive writer. There's the guy who's on the fringes of the industry. There's the guy who meets everyone at cons.
They decide to do some sort of unlicensed fan film. Writer guy will write it. Artifact guy will provide the props. Fringe guy will provide some equipment and friends to shoot it. They pool some money, meet for the first time offline, and start to shoot. It's fun. Con guy is at a convention and meets one of the major guest stars. Casually mentions they're filming this fan film. Guest star says, what the hell, he's seen this guy at cons and liked the show - decides to film a cameo. Films a cameo - snaps a selfie and mentions it on his social media. People like it and retweet it.
Writer wants to make sure he's not stepping on any toes. Talks to the original creator, who he's formed a friendly relationship with. Creator gives him some ideas, asks to see some of the footage shot. Writer sends a couple shots. Creator thinks on it a little bit.
Creator is talking to the original star at a casual lunch. He thought being the original star was going to catapult him to stardom but it doesn't work. Now he hungers for the spotlight he once had. Star is now interested. He hears that one of the major guest stars did a cameo. He thinks it might be fun to do a cameo too - maybe it'd spark a reboot or something.
Star reaches out to writer. He wants to do a cameo too. Writer is shocked that he's going to get to write a cameo for the original star and immediately agrees. Star casually mentions that he'll reach out to the other main characters to see if they'd be interested.
Weeks later, the board folks and the original stars are on a minor sound stage. Everyone involved pulled some favors to make sure that a cameo with the original stars looks right. They shoot it, and everyone has a blast. Star looks over the script - he actually really likes it. There's some good stuff in there. He talks to the other characters. None of them are really doing anything at the time, and they had a lot of fun working together.
What if they decided to shoot the whole thing?
Writer loves the idea of writing for the original actors but they don't have that kind of money tied in. Original stars say not to worry about it. But they'd need to, essentially, throw out all the footage they'd already shot. That's no problem, though. This is going to be a pretty epic fan film.
Stars arrange to use the professional sound stage fulltime and use some unused sets on a backlot. They also get a director friend to take over production and bring in some people to help make it work better. At this point, essentially all the original board members, minus the writer, are not doing anything but watching.
Buzz starts to build on social media. Star and creator talk to the studio that owns the rights but they don't care. Star and creator wonder about the legality of raising money for a fan film via kickstarter. They do it anyway. Fans who only remember the show fondly as a distant memory decide to give a few bucks here and there.
With real money behind it now, star talks to the writer - he wants to take a shot at some rewrites with another writer friend of his. Writer is a little concerned about things getting out of hand but agrees. Many scenes are re-done and everything starts shooting.
A trailer is cut for the professional fan film starring the original cast and now many of the major guest stars. It trends immediately worldwide. The studio caves. This is now no longer a fan film - it's official. The film gets studio money. The script is completely rewritten. Everything is reshot using studio resources.
The fans show up on set. They just want to watch this movie that they sparked get shot. They're turned around. Writer reaches out to star. He's too busy to talk. Promises to get him a t-shirt or something. Throws on some sunglasses and drives away in a golf cart.
The board fans go back to the message board, talking about the old episodes.
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