Patrick Read Johnson's 5-25-77 coming-of-age film starring John Francis Daley is finally getting released next year on May 25, 2017.
Patrick confirmed this news on his social media accounts and on the movie's FB page. He also shared the following promo poster images, which highlight scenes from the movie with dialogue captions. (The last photo about watching movies is one of my favorite lines from the trailer).
Like many fans I have been eagerly waiting to see 5-25-77 for the last 10 years. The movie began production in 2004 and after some delay it completed filming in 2006. Number of RPF members were also invovled in the production. An earlier cut of the film got screened at Star Wars Celebration IV in 2007 and then a more completed version of the film was screened at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2008.
In 2009 the movie was edited further with more added visual effects shots. Despite its eventual completion, the movie didn't have distribution hence it never got a theatrical or DVD / Blu-Ray release for so many years. But Patrick managed to secure a deal and teased this announcement last year.
If you have never seen the trailer for 5-25-77, check out the video below.
Songs featured in the trailer are as follows:
Paul Simon - Kodachrome
Electric Light Orchestra - Mr. Blue Sky
Jon Brion - Knock Yourself Out
I never get tired of watching that trailer. This is Patrick Read Johnson's semi-autobiographical movie and even though I wasn't there to witness the release of Star Wars in 1977, the character of Pat and his obsession with cinema, film-making, and science fiction is universal among movie geeks. The music, visuals and themes explored in the trailer all still resonate with me.
I am so delighted with today's news that we will be getting to see the film next year.
The movie cast include John Francis Daley, Austin Pendleton, Colleen Camp, Neil Flynn, Steve Coulter, Emmi Chen, Katie Jeep.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away—or rather, in early-’70s Wadsworth, Illinois—Pat, a teenage geek with a big imagination, devoted his spare time and excess energy to concocting supremely amateur “sequels” to the genre cinema of the day.
With his backyard and basement standing in for a Hollywood studio, he set the sights of his Super-8 on his own visions of JAWS, PLANET OF THE APES, DUEL and of course the catalyst for his crazed creativity, 2001: A SPACE ODDYSEY.
His best pal Bill doesn’t entirely share his raging passion but he’s perfectly game to have his arm torn off or heart ripped out in the name of homemade sci-fi cinema—and be Pat’s comrade in discovering the delights and disasters of an average adolescent’s life.
But such lives, even those in ordinary Wadsworth, have their dramatic defining moments. Pat’s arrives in a chance opportunity to visit Hollywood and while there, meet with special effects maestro Douglas Trumbull. Along that path, however, lies a fateful detour… an audience with the young, rising director Steven Spielberg, a journey through the guts of Industrial Light & Magic in its infancy, and an encounter with one George Lucas as he manically mixes up a little space-opera movie that would soon shake the foundations of cinematic art and business…our… an audience with the young, rising director Steven Spielberg, a journey through the guts of Industrial Light & Magic in its infancy, and an encounter with one George Lucas as he manically mixes up a little space-opera movie that would soon shake the foundations of cinematic art and business…