To celebrate the 32nd anniversary of Star Wars (the official anniversary was yesterday), we’re running the new trailer for ‘77, Patrick Read Johnson’s autobiographical tale about his obsession with Star Wars. Basically, the movie has been in production of some sort for years now — a semi-finished product was even submitted to an awards festival three years ago. Unfortunately, according to Starlog, Johnson — who also directed the amazing Angus — apparently ran out of money in post-production and by the time he was ready to recut the film, his crew had gone their separate ways. So, the movie has been floating around unfinished for years. Johnson, however, is back at work on it, and plans get it ready for a distribution deal in November. There’s still no release date in sight, however. And the film’s star, John Francis Daley (“Freaks and Geeks”) who was around 20 when filming began, may be approaching middle age by the time it is released.
But if the trailer is any indication of how good ‘77 is going to be, it may be worth the wait. I am not a huge fan of Star Wars myself, but I adore everything about the sentiment in ‘77. We’ve shown a variation of this trailer, I think, three times already (it was once called 5-25-77, and we may show another four variations, but if we show it enough, maybe the damn movie will finally come out.