Following the death of ‘80s film icon John Hughes last Thursday, you may have come across a trailer for an unreleased documentary, titled “Don’t You Forget About Me” (if not, watch it here), about the filmmaker and his beloved movies. Attached to the trailer was the news that the people at Alliance Films, a Montreal-based distributor, were reportedly busy making a deal to buy the doc. According to Variety, the world distribution rights to the doc were secured by noon on Friday.
The 75-minute film, directed by actor Matt Austin-Sadowski (the Green Ranger on “Power Rangers: S.P.D.”), is described as being similar to Michael Moore’s “Roger & Me” because it primarily involves the filmmakers’ attempt to locate and interview Hughes. There is also a look at the “Breakfast Club” director’s life and career, and the doc features interviews from many of the stars of Hughes’ films, including Andrew McCarthy, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy and Kelly LeBroc (Unfortunately, neither Molly Ringwald nor Matthew Broderick appear). Additionally, directors Kevin Smith and Jason Reitman appear to discuss Hughes’ influence.
Whether “Don’t You Forget About Me” will hit theaters is unknown, but despite all the love shown to Hughes last week it’s hard to imagine it could be a big hit by the time it opened. Though the quick acquisition of the doc reeks of opportunism, actually putting out a film takes a long time, and the public mourning is already pretty much over.
Really, the most appropriate distributor for this thing is either Universal or Paramount, as it would best be released as a supplement disc to either studio’s Hughes film box set (“High School Flashback Collection” and “Too Cool for School – The John Hughes Collection,” respectively). But whatever kind of release it gets, I’m still interested in checking it out, just as I would have been had it come out while Hughes was still alive.
Do you have interest in a documentary about the life and pursuit of John Hughes? Would you see it in a theater? Do you fear it won’t be comprehensive enough without Ringwald’s involvement?