Tony Dow, a man who in his early years rose to fame for his role as Wally Cleaver on ‘Leave It To Beaver’ and then raised his nerd cred by directing episodes for series’ such as ‘Harry and the Hendersons,’ ‘Coach,’ ‘Babylon 5,’ ‘and Star Trek: Deep Space 9,’ has decided to try his hand at a comedy about ‘Star Wars’ fandom, which is of course ripe for parody nowadays since ‘Star Wars’ has risen once more in pop culture due to the massive success of ‘The Force Awakens’ and this year’s ‘Rogue One.’ The new movie, which will be titled ‘The Line Kings,’ will be Dow’s directorial debut with film, and will apparently be about a group of hardcore ‘Star Wars’ fans that jump into line outside the TLC Chinese Theater for four days after Disney announces that the first people in line at the end of those four days will receive walk-on roles in the next ‘Star Wars’ film to come out. Of course, the plot will be about the shenanigans that ensues once the fans in line realize there are only a certain number of walk-on roles, and only those closest to the front will actually get those roles, and the epic conflicts and schemes that ensue when nerds of this commitment and dedication vie for the chance to appear in a film that would cement their place in pop culture for all time.
True, there have been films poking fun at ‘Star Wars’ fans before (and nerds/ fans of a lot of different genres), but it could be fun to see a story like this work on the big screen if done correctly, as it is more or less original, strikes a chord with a lot of folks (who doesn’t understand the desire to want to be in the next ‘Star Wars’ film), and has the potential for some great moments. Of course, the biggest danger is that Dow pushes things too far and ends up insulting the fandom, as they are most likely the ones that would be going to see his film, but hopefully he plays it smart and walks that line very carefully.
What do you think about ‘The Line Kings?’ Is it something that you think could be funny, and might be something you would want to see? Or does it sound like a little too much of a stretch for you, like maybe Dow is trying too hard to capitalize on the current ‘Star Wars’ craze in pop-culture? Share your thoughts on the project in the comments below!
Source: Screen Rant