When Disney acquired Lucasfilm – the studio behind the first six Star Wars films – it was with the annoucement that the Mouse House would revive the massively popular sci-fi franchise. Since then, Disney and Lucasfilm have released Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens and the first anthology film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, to great success. As such, fans are looking forward to upcoming releases in the revived film franchise, Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi and the solo Han Solo pic.
Perhaps best known for his role as Wally Cleaver on the classic television show Leave It To Beaver, director Tony Dow has announced his next project – and it will be focusing on an integral aspect of the Star Wars legacy.
Per Variety, Dow is working on a movie called The Line Kings, which will be his film directorial debut. Much along the lines of 2009’s Fanboys, The Line Kings focuses on the dedication to the franchise that Star Wars fans are famous for. The Line Kings tells the story of a group of hardcore Star Wars fans (fanboys or fangirls, currently unspecified), who set up camp outside the TCL Chinese Theatre for four days following an announcement from Disney that the first people in line at the end of those four days will win walk-on roles in the next installment in the Star Wars franchise. As one may suspect, an epic conflict ensues between various groups of fans all vying for a limited number of walk-on roles.
Producer/Writers Billy Riback and Steve Rubin are also making their big screen debuts after working extensively on television. Dow, himself, has an impressive array of small screen credits including directing Swamp Thing, Harry and the Hendersons, Coach, Babylon 5 and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, proving that he is no slouch when it comes to bringing the science fiction genre to life.
The Line Kings does not feel like a wholly original idea, given the fact that the aforementioned Fanboys feature film exists and there have been several documentaries made about Star Wars (and Star Trek) fans, their struggles and their voracity for the beloved franchise. Dow has a big job, as the director, to ensure that the subject matter does not feel stale and that it is equal parts funny and not insulting to the audiences that will be coming to the cinema to watch it – since they are likely the same type of people that would participate in a contest like what is being featured in the movie.
However, in the current pop culture climate, Star Wars is king and, perhaps, a more meta type of storytelling could be refreshing as consumers become inundated with more movies, television shows, videos games and comic books set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. A project like The Line Kings – if it is successful – could also open up the potential to tell these types of stories about other iconic properties in popular culture, which has the potential to develop into an interesting corner of the movie business.
We will keep you up to date on on The Line Kings as it develops.