'Repo Man' Director Alex Cox Turns to Fans to Get 'Bill the Galactic Hero' Made

'Repo Man' Director Alex Cox Turns to Fans to Get 'Bill the Galactic Hero' Made

Apr 02, 2013

You know we live in interesting times when established filmmakers are turning to crowd-funding sites like Kickstarter to get their newest projects off the ground. The latest big-name director asking for your help? None other than Alex Cox.

Cox, who made Repo Man and Sid & Nancy, has launched a Kickstarter in hopes of raising $100,000 to finally film his take on Harry Harrison’s sci-fi novel Bill the Galactic Hero. With that cash, Cox will at long last be able to make a movie he’s been trying to get off the ground since way back in the early ‘80s, and sci-fi fans will be able to see Harrison’s response to Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. Sounds like a win for everyone.

Cox exhaustively details how the project will unfold in the Kickstarter pitch, revealing that the majority of the film will be shot on location at the University of Colorado (where Cox teaches), while a tiny portion will be shot on a stage. The beginning and ending also feature some animation.

According to Cox’s plan, the principal shooting will be done by this December, and then the arduous process of postproduction begins. The director promises the completed version of Bill the Galactic Hero will be in your hands by December 2014.

Here’s the plot description for the satirical antiwar novel direct from Amazon:

It was the highest honor to defend the Empire against the dreaded Chingers, an enemy race of seven-foot-tall lizards.

But Bill, a technical fertilizer operator from a planet of farmers, wasn't interested in honor -- he was only interested in two things: his chosen career, and the shapely curves of Inga-Maria Calyphigia. Then a recruiting robot shanghaied him with knockout drops, and he came to in deep space, aboard the Empire warship Christine Keeler. And from there, things got even worse...

From the sweltering fuse room aboard the Keeler, where he loses an arm while blasting a Chinger spaceship, to the Department of Sanitation far below the world-city of Helior, where he finds peace, job security and unlimited trash... here is Bill, a pure-hearted fool fighting a deluxe cast of robots, androids and aliens in a never-ending losing battle to preserve his humanity while upholding the glory of the Empire.

As fans of Alex Cox, we’re certainly excited to see this project get funded. Check out the pitch video below, then swing by the official Kickstarter and donate a few dollars to a good cause.

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