Matt Perniciaro: That’s when Adam Goldberg got involved. Adam, as pretty much everyone knows now, is just extremely funny. It was a great script. I think the final draft is a true reflection of all of the writer’s voices. It became one of the best-received scripts that year, top 10 on The Black List.
Adam F. Goldberg, creator of the current series The Goldbergs, declined multiple interview requests for this story.
Jay Baruchel (actor, Windows): There's no Fanboys without Ernie Cline of course. But the movie that we did is Adam Goldberg's. The story we did, the shitty indie version of the plot of the first Star Wars, that is entirely Adam's invention. Before that, it was 100 pages of IG-88 jokes.
Ernie Cline: I love Jay, but he's talking directly out of his ass. The title, the premise, all of the characters (including his character, Windows, which I named after the character in The Thing), and the entire plot were entirely my invention. Even the name of the town in Ohio that the fanboys live in, Shandal, is an anagram of my hometown, Ashland. From the very first draft, the plot was always intended to mirror the hero's journey in A New Hope. The van was always their Millennium Falcon. Skywalker Ranch was always the hidden fortress, like the Death Star. And the print of Episode I was always the MacGuffin, like the stolen Death Star plans.