When it was almost released the first time earlier this year, director Kyle Newman’s Fanboys was being billed as a love letter to the greatest movie franchise of all-time: Star Wars. It was undoubtedly going to be one of the best road-trip movies of all-time, an homage to all things geek! It even went as far as to feature then “Veronica Mars” star and current “Heroes” sexpot Kristen Bell in a Princess Leia costume — yummy. Then it got delayed.
But as director Kyle Newman told TheForce.net back in May, it was all for good reason. “We made Fanboys for under five million dollars. And the studio has given us the go-ahead to do the things to it that we couldnt do with our initial limited schedule and budget. There are one or two hilarious things that I wanted to shoot and they are giving me the funds to do it.” Newman and the folks at The Weinstein Company also went on later in the year to offer up a walk-on role in fanboys to a fan who could prove that they were the Ultimate Fanboy.
So needless to say, the delay had nothing to do with the film being a big fat dud. But still, even as The Weinstein Company gears up the marketing machine for the film’s January 18, 2008 release, we are left to wonder whether fans are just as excited now as the were in late 2006. Personally, I am still eagerly awaiting the film’s release, but I can’t say that I am as pumped as I was. For some reason, I had lost the overwhelming sense of excitement. Then again, one more look at Ms. Bell in her Leia costume and I seem to be getting excited — mentally, that is. Get your minds out of the gutter!
Either way, to whet your pallet, we have scored the following three shots from the film, which were officially released by the studio this week. Also, we have left you a little question — a discussion starter if you will — below the pics.
Up for Discussion: Are you still excited about Fanboys? If not, why not? Do you think the long release delay has hurt the film’s buzz?