In order to help raise some dough for the upcoming Angry Video Game Nerd movie, series creator James Rolfe has opened up... WHOA, WHOA, WHOA! Back up! An AVGN movie!? When did this happen? Actually, I tipped the news to Dtoid when it was originally announced last fall, but it never got posted. Now that the staff has foolishly given me greater posting privileges, I'm no longer restrained!
How would a movie based on an Internet game review show even work, you may wonder? As James describes it, think of how Wayne's World was adapted for a feature length production. Of course, considering this is the Nerd we're talking about, a sh*tty videogame will play a major role. For such a momentous occasion, James will be tackling his most oft-requested subject -- E.T. for the Atari 2600.
Still, I'm certain there are concerns that James is biting off way more than he can chew, most of these fears coming from people who only know him as the Nerd. In truth, he's a very accomplished filmmaker who has a large body of work outside of AVGN -- from horror shorts during his film school days to a regular stint on Spike. In fact, the Nerd was initially a side gig while he pursued his true passion. No matter how this movie turns out, I guarantee quite a few folks will be surprised.
But the movie can't happen without a little fan support...
Undertaking such as massive project is never cheap, so James has opened a page on indie fundraising site IndieGoGo in order to reach a goal of $75,000. With over 100 days left until the deadline, fans have already pitched in 15 grand. There are also gifts for those who want to chip in a little extra, from a copy of the film's script for a $50 donation to an executive producer credit for an unfeasible 20k splurge!
The most eye-catching gift is the one attached to a $1000 donation -- an invitation to be an extra when shooting begins in the spring. There have already been casting calls in several cities, so this option exists more for those who couldn't make an appearance to those events. It's not 20k, "Uncle Pennybags" outrageous, but it's not chump change either. Still, it might be cool to learn that a deep-pocketed Dtoider has made his or her way into the movie.
Regardless of how you personally feel about the Nerd -- whether you love his videos or can't stand the guy -- you have to admire the commitment and ambition to take his skills to the next level. If this movie helps James to eventually get his foot in the Hollywood door, I'll gladly toss a couple of pesos his way. What about you guys? Does this news make you excited / concerned?
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