John Hughes Documentary Suddenly Worth a Ton


So imagine you’re a documentary filmmaker making a film with no marketable future. Probably pretty easy considering that documentary on scissors you’ve been passion projecting since you were in college. But, now, imagine that the subject of your film dies unexpectedly and now everyone wants a piece of you and your footage. Yes, I realize that the prospect of scissors dying is difficult to wrap your mind around, but use that capacity for abstract thought your middle school guidance counselor bragged about, and keep up.

According to Variety, Canadian filmmaker Matt Austin-Sadowski sold the rights to Don’t You Forget About Me – his John Hughes doc – to Alliance within 24 hours of the movie icon’s passing on Thursday.

The film celebrates the life and work of John Hughes while the story focuses on Austin-Sadowski and several others on a road trip to find the director who was known for Salinger-esque reclusive behavior by the twilight of his career.

There’s no way to tell what quality level the project will be, but based solely on the subject matter, it’s only slightly less valuable than the Michael Jackson concert footage for the same reason. Because John Hughes’s could moonwalk.

But it does bode well that the filmmakers were able to secure interviews with some of the stars from Hughes films like Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, and Judd Neslon.

What do you think?

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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