The Fan Film


Raiders Adaptation DVD by Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos

At long last – you can now own the actual, more talked-about-than-seen completed shot-for-shot recreation!  Including the newly-completed Airplane Scene.  Rated 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Extras include special photo slideshows and filmmaker commentary!


Adaptation Running time:  106 minutes

With Bonus Materials total running time:  Nearly 4 hours! 


“…One of the strangest permutations of '80's nostalgia to hit movie screens—the now-notorious Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation, a 106-minute shot-for-shot amateur-video remake of the 1981 Spielberg-Lucas adventure flick, created over a span of seven years by a group of kids in small-town Reagan-era Mississippi.  Filled with ingenious contraptions and overweening jerry-rigs, The Adaptation remakes Raiders on less than 1/2,000th of Paramount's original $20 million budget, conjuring exotic locales out of cardboard sets in parents' basements, casting tweens in Boy Scout uniforms as Nazi bad guys, and rolling a gigantic hand-crafted boulder through the family garage to create the film's signature scene. Nothing short of slapdash spectacular.”     - VILLAGE VOICE

The Fan Film on DVD


    For the first time ever, a special "BACKSTAGE PASS" to the making of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK: THE ADAPTATION as told by co-creators Eric Zala (Director & Belloq) and Chris Strompolos (Producer, Indy).  Learn about the famous boulder scene. Where did those snakes come from anyway?  How did kids get a hold of a truck? And all that fire?  How did they do it?  Now you can find out!

  • A personal look back, sharing vintage personal photos, production sketches and stills from when we made ADAPTATION as kids… as well as a behind-the-scenes look at shooting the Airplane Scene as adults.

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 Site Designed & Created by Eric & Cassie Zala; ZD Logo by Rosina Rothman; Raiders Cartoon by Jeff Owens; Book Cover by St.Martin's Press: Adaptation Poster by Adam McDaniel;

Doc Posters by Drafthouse Films, Paul Shipper & MONDO; Photos by the Zalas, Chris Strompolos, Jayson Lamb, Mat Szwajkos,Shelly Stallings, Jennifer Stockert, Tony Armer & Tess Chibirka