The release of the original Star Wars in 1977 remains a momentous occasion for many cinephiles and then-young moviegoers who would go on, inspired by the film, to make their own movies. One such filmmaker did just that: Patrick Read Johnson went about making the autobiographical 5-25-77, a drama centered around one young man’s experience seeing the film in the early 2000s. And now, it looks like his project may finally see the light of day in a theatrical release.
Speaking to Yahoo! Movies, Johnson explained that 5-25-77 the movie is complete, and he is currently finishing up the film for public consumption.
“I can tell you that the film will come out in theaters on a significant date,” Johnson said to Yahoo!, confirming that an unnamed distributor is in place for a theatrical and VOD release in a time not too far far away. (May 25, 2016 would of course be a good candidate, as would May 4, 2016, both of which would see the film release on a Wednesday).
“We don’t want to be opportunistic, just celebratory,” Johnson said, explaining that the intention is to not get in the way of Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ release.
5-25-77 stars John Francis Daley (Bones) as Johnson’s surrogate Pat, and filming first began in 2004 when Daley was 10. Pat makes his own versions of beloved films like Jaws (as seen in the photo above), and is lucky enough to tour Industrial Light & Magic as it races to finish the original Star Wars.
Johnson, whose directing credits include Spaced Invaders and Baby’s Day Out, has screened incomplete versions of the film before, as he has been collecting new footage and polishing up the film as recently as last month.
A trailer was released when a version of the film screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013.
For more on the film, head over to Yahoo! Movies, and for those looking forward to the film, start brushing up on your cinematic history. Johnson promises that the film’s early marketing won’t clearly spell out what it is advertising. Instead it will reference the films Pat recreates, like Jaws or 2001: A Space Odyssey rather than 5-25-77 itself.