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Alex Cox crowdfunds Bill the Galactic Hero film via Kickstarter

17 April 2013 3:28 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Repo Man director close to $100,000 target for low-budget film adaptation of Harry Harrison's satirical science-fiction novel

The director of Repo Man, Alex Cox, is nearing a $100,000 target on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter to fund science-fiction film Bill the Galactic Hero.

With four days of his campaign to go, Cox has received $91,897 toward what would be his first film since 2009's Repo Chick. The British film-maker, who has struggled for studio funding since the financial failure of his 1987 "acid western" Walker, intends to make the movie with the help of his students at the University of Colorado.

Bill the Galactic Hero is based on the 1965 satirical sci-fi novel by Harry Harrison, which was written as a counterweight to Robert A Heinlein's neo-fascist 1960 book Starship Troopers (itself borrowed by Paul Verhoeven for a 1997 film that heavily satirised its source's militaristic leanings).

"Bill the Galactic Hero is a feature-length science-fiction comedy set »

- Ben Child

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

2 April 2013 6:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

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...

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- Mike Bracken

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Fund This Film: Alex Cox’s Sci-Fi Comedy ‘Bill the Galactic Hero’ is the Anti-’Starship Troopers’

30 March 2013 1:00 PM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Crowdfunding was made for guys like Alex Cox. Similar to Ralph Bakshi, whose successfully Kickstarter-ed project we profiled recently, The Sid and Nancy and Repo Man director is a cult filmmaker who doesn’t fit in Hollywood and who therefore has had a hard time getting his movies off the ground. Even when working with his old titles, as he did with the sorta-sequel Repo Chick and the re-cut release of Straight to Hell (called Straight to Hell Returns), he’s had trouble getting notice. Hopefully he’s able to turn things around with Bill, the Galactic Hero, a low-budget sci-fi comedy adapted from the same-titled novel by Harry Harrison (who wrote the basis of Soylent Green – the novel “Make Room! Make Room!” — and co-wrote the script for Bill with Cox before his death last August). Cox has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the movie at $100,000, and after a week he’s already halfway there »

- Christopher Campbell

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Kickstart This: Alex Cox Directs Harry Harrison's Bill The Galactic Hero

24 March 2013 8:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Sure, you could use crowd funding to back a studio movie that the studio doesn't want to pay for themselves but does want to profit from. That's certainly an option these days. Or you could use it to support something that actually is independent. Something like Repo Man and Sid And Nancy director Alex Cox's adaptation of Harry Harrison's scifi novel Bill The Galactic Hero which Cox will direct with his film students at the University of Colorado serving as crew. So not only will you be backing a film by a maverick iconoclast but you'll also be contributing to someone's higher education. Double win!Bill, The Galactic Hero is a feature-length science fiction comedy set in the far reaches of our galaxy, as humans wage...

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