Patrick Read Johnson’s 5-25-77 to Finally Get Released This Year (For Real This Time?)

If you thought it was weird that The Cabin in the Woods sat on the shelf for so long before being released, well, then you clearly aren’t familiar with the epic saga of Patrick Read Johnson’s 5-25-77. It’s been 7 years now since I first wrote a post about Johnson’s movie, an autobiographical coming of age story about a young aspiring filmmaker whose life changes forever after seeing Star Wars in the summer of 1977. At the time, they were aiming to have it in theatres around the same time as Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. That clearly didn’t happen, but almost every May since then we’ve been hearing reports that it could finally see the light of day. Now this year, those same reports have cropped up again… will 2012 be the year we actually get to watch it?

This time around, the news comes courtesy of Variety’s Jeff Sneider, who posted the the following message via Twitter:

“BREAKING: At long last, it looks like Patrick Read Johnson’s Star Wars-centric pic 5-25-77 is coming out this spring on that very day…”

Patrick Read Johnson quickly responded, informing him that 5/25/2012 is not the actual release date, but that he will be embarking on a road trip that day to “deliver a precious cargo to 3 very important people.” So it sounds like something is definitely afoot, although a theatrical release is still not confirmed in any way.

The movie has been plagued by financial problems over the years (indeed, there have been several angry comments from investors left on some of my previous posts about the film). It supposedly has been screened publicly a few times previously, but it’s unclear if the final cut had ever actually been completed up until now. There has also been talk of a last minute title change to ’77, but I don’t know if they are still following through with that.

Either way, the film’s star John Francis Daley has gone from being “the kid from Freaks and Geeks” to being one of the hottest screenwriters in Hollywood, having written last summer’s R-rated comedy hit Horrible Bosses. It must be weird for him to know that the general public will finally get to see this movie almost a decade after it was filmed. Are you looking forward to 5-25-77? After all this time, do you think it will be worth the wait?

  • I like “’77” better than “5-25-77″, because while Star Wars opened on that day, how many people REALLY got to see it in May of 1977? Remember, movies opened much differently back then, so it only really played in a handful of theaters that first week.

    “5-25-77″ will do “Fan Boys” business, if that, and I expect it to pop up on Netflix by about 8-25-12.

  • jackson

    Honest that trailer wasn’t very good and the movie looked really cheap, I don’t know if this is something I’m looking forward to.

  • rjdelight

    Patrick Read Johnson actually left a comment on that original post. Crazy.

  • AmKe

    I like the last post from Jay…

  • Patrick Read Johnson

    Dear PlanBomOuterSpace,

    The fact that Star Wars only opened in a handful of theaters on 5-25-77 is actually an important plot point in the film. So thanks for bringing that up!

    Best wishes,

    Patrick Read Johnson

  • Patrick Read Johnson

    Sorry your name got truncated, PlanB…

  • FYI the date is actually part of the script as they are on a road trip to make the opening….but someone is mentioning a change to the ending, so who knows

  • rjdelight

    Hey PRJ, Spaced Invaders is the shit. The world needs a sequel.

  • Patrick Read Johnson



    More soon…


  • Matt efsic

    I saw a screening of it’s current edit in Ventura earlier tonight. Hands down, the best film I’ve seen this year.