Did the good guys ultimately win? Sort of. Fanboys eventually hit theaters under a cloud of bad buzz. The movie grossed only $688,529 in the States. But some people found it.
Dana Brunetti: There was absolutely zero marketing for it, and it was released on 10 screens. Harvey said, "If the fans really want this film, then they'll come out and support it." That was the release strategy.
Matt Perniciaro: If Weinstein never had pushed us from our original release date, which coincided with the 30th anniversary of A New Hope, I think we would have been a big hit. The country was in the middle of Star Wars fever, and we missed that opportunity. What I heard is that The Nanny Diaries wanted our slot.
Dan Fogler: People mention it all the time. They watch it how you'd want them to watch it, on a cult basis, where it's their favorite movie, and it really speaks to them. They feel like one of the characters, and it really put a name on what they are: fanboys, fangirls, it gave it a title. It suddenly was worthy enough to have a title.
Ernie Cline: People always bring copies of it to my book signings. I know Ready Player One seems like a much bigger success and much more representative of me as a writer and an artist, but people always tell me they love Fanboys.
Jay Baruchel: I went to Fort Dix with How to Train Your Dragon 2 and signed DVDs and I was floored at how many soldiers who had done tours in Iraq were like, "Fanboys is my favorite movie, man."
Dan Pulick: I mean, it's, you know, it is what it is. It's not Citizen Kane. I hadn't seen it since 2009 until recently, 'cause it's been on. I watched the last hour of it. It was on whatever Channel 391 is on Long Island.
Over the years there has been talk about a Fanboys sequel or, given Adam Goldberg's television success, a series. Considering some of the attachments of Weinstein and Kevin Spacey in the original, this is very much in flux.
Dan Fogler: We kind of threw around some ideas about catching up. Where is Hutch now? You kind’ve paralleled the story, where's Luke now?
Jay Baruchel: We started talking about this whole thing where my character would be the sort of bad guy in the second one. You find out he's actually not only a Star Trek fan but also Canadian. We'd open with us with children and a snowball fight, our sort of answer to the opening Battle of Hoth.
Matt Perniciano: We all talk about trying to get the band back together one day, but I think Goldman Sachs actually owns it now from when they foreclosed on a bunch of Weinstein films, so it’s unlikely that we’d be able to even get the rights.
Ernie Cline: I would be interested in more Fanboys if we could guarantee that Weinstein, Spacey, and both of their companies would no longer be involved in any way. And if Kyle and the cast were all on board. It would also be nice to do a director's cut of Fanboys to remove all of the gay panic & gross-out humor they forced us to add to the first movie, and to try and recapture our original vision.
I had to cancel our yearly charity screening of Fanboys with the 501st Legion at the Alamo Drafthouse, in which we raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, because of the scandals with Weinstein, Spacey, and also Harry Knowles (who I am now ashamed to have included as a character in the story). It just breaks my heart that our little Star Wars fan tribute film has become so tainted. But from production up until now, it appears to be one of the most doomed indie films in history. I hope we get a chance to redeem it someday.
Kyle Newman: I still love playing in that world. I've done three Star Wars radio dramas, they're really like live stage shows, almost like A Prairie Home Companion where we will record actors in one take. They're all about an hour long, and we use the actors from Clone Wars or Rebels. Warwick Davis was just in our last one. We're playing live effects, blaster bolts, robots, spaceships, music, transitions, footsteps and everything and we put them up on StarWars.com. This is not for money, purely for love.
Kyle Newman most recently directed Barely Lethal, starring Hailee Steinfeld, and the video for Taylor Swift's "Style." He remains active in Star Wars fandom.
Dana Brunetti continues to produce, and occasionally gets Vanity Fair articles called "Hollywood's Most Openly Disliked and Secretly Beloved Executive" written about him.
Matt Perniciaro produces low budget gems year after year. Madeline’s Madeline received stellar notices out of Sundance and will soon be distributed by Oscilloscope Labs.
Dan Pulick is an adjunct professor at New York University’s Dramatic Writing Program at Tisch School of the Arts, has a recent credit on an episode of Quantico and his adaptation of the Joshua Henkin novel The Word Without You recently wrapped production.
Steve Brill is prepping an Adam Sandler stand-up special for Netflix.
Dan Fogler co-stars in the Fantastic Beasts series.
Jay Baruchel directed Goon: Last of the Enforcers, the most Canadian movie ever made.
Ernie Cline is preparing for the release of Ready Player One.
Ernie Cline: That Fanboys experience was like, "I thought I wanted to be a screenwriter... maybe I don't want to be a screenwriter."
I was like, "They're never going to let me geek out the way that I want to." That's the thing, when you make a movie, you're making a product. The people who pay for that product, they want to be able to sell that product to as many people in as many countries as they can, and make a profit on it. They don't care about your story, or your characters, or your personal connection to the material. If you want to get it made, you give up your right to protect those things. That's what made me think, "I should write a novel, so I can have total control. Not as many people will be exposed to it, probably, but then at least I can have control of my story and my characters, because I don't need millions of dollars to tell the story."
That changed my whole life. Fanboys is my first real original screenplay, and it got made. Ready Player One is my first novel and holy shit.