Recently-departed filmmaker John Hughes was known for making insightful but fantastical movies about teens. His death was an unexpected boon for a group of young filmmakers wrapping up a documentary about him. It's like his ghost sewed their prom dress!
Hughes died last Thursday, and by noon on Friday, Canadians Matt Austin, Kari Hollend, Mike Facciolo, and Lenny Panzer had inked a deal to have their recently-complete Hughes-centric movie Don't You Forget About Me released by Alliance Films. They also wound up on CNN and with a huge uptick in traffic to their blog.
Started more than three years ago, the crew set out to track how and why Hughes faded into obscurity after a run of such successful films. Of course, as the crew told the Globe and Mail they're a little sad that their success is largely due to Hughes death.
"It's a very uncomfortable feeling and you can't help but feel guilty," Ms. Hollend said. "You never want to feel like something good has happened to one person as a result of something bad happening to someone else."
While the group scored some interviews with Ally Sheedy, Andrew McCarthy, and Mia Sara (Sloane from Ferris Bueller's Day Off!) still no news on whether or not they bagged a conversation with the man himself. You do need a reason to go see the movie, now don't you! We do know that Molly Ringwald declined to participate.
Ms. Ringwald (The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink) declined numerous interview requests, for what Mr. Austin suspects are similarly melancholy reasons: "She was very close with him and I think she didn't want to speak on his behalf."
The release date is still being set, but we'll be calling in sick and stealing our father's Ferrari to go to the premiere.