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PROJECT UPDATE

We have moved to Indiegogo! Please visit the project page over here!

WHAT IS THIS?

A 130+ page full colour graphic novel with stunning artwork and a great, original story; a tribute to the cultural phenomenon that is Star Wars from the creators of "The Unwritten Rule Trilogy".

WHAT'S IT ABOUT?

In 2003 we invited you to ‘rewrite the rules’ with “Shotgun”, “3 Seconds” and “Ex”, three short films making up Star Wars fan film favourite “The Unwritten Rule Trilogy”. Now the ‘Unlikely Jedi’ are back in “Return of the French Guy”, a homage to Star Wars and superhero mythology, telling the story of four ordinary guys who unwittingly discover the Force is real! The story jumps back and forth between the life-changing events surrounding their Force-powered ‘awakening’ and the present day, where they are forced to confront the mistakes of the past and struggle through conflict and hilarity to find their place in a world that will never understand them.

WHO'S MAKING IT?

Ryan Brain - Co-Creator, Project Manager & Writer (www.ryanbrain.co.uk)

Abel Garcia – Artist (www.abelgarciablog.blogspot.co.uk)

Jonathan Carey - Co-Creator, Web Manager & Creative Consultant

HISTORY OF THE PROJECT

"Return of the French Guy" started out as a feature-length sequel to "The Unwritten Rule Trilogy", which was a series of Star Wars fan films we made back in 2003 and 2004. It started out as just a single film - "Shotgun" - but we enjoyed making it so much and it was so well received by our friends and the fan film community that we had to make more. By the time we completed "Ex", the third part in the trilogy, we already had ideas for a two-hour epic that would explore the questions we'd always avoided - who were these guys? How can they use the Force? Where did they get lightsabers? What the hell is going on?! "Return of the French Guy" was meant to answer those questions. 

Unfortunately, we were in our final years of university and our coursework had to take priority. Once we graduated, life just sort of swept us away from one another, and despite a deep desire to tell this story, we missed our window. So for the past few years we've been trying to figure out an alternative way of telling this story that doesn’t require taking a few months off work to shoot a film. A couple of years ago we realised that it would make an amazing episodic story, and a comic was the perfect fit. 

We began rewriting the script to fit a 4-6 panel web comic format designed to be released in weekly instalments, but we still had one fundamental problem: we can’t draw! So we started searching for artists who would design the characters and create a library of assets that we could use to piece each page together ourselves. Some very kind and talented artists donated their time and efforts to this endeavour, but it was impossible to get them as invested in the project as we wanted them to be. So despite the best of intentions, that idea ultimately failed. 

And then Kickstarter happened. 

BOOM! It was everywhere! And suddenly this story that we'd been trying to tell for years and had all but given up on, suddenly and unexpectedly had one last hope. YOU are our one last hope. Our only hope.

WHAT YOU'RE PLEDGING FOR

You are pledging your support for us to create a 130 page (approx.), full colour graphic novel, with stunning artwork and a great, original story, which we will release page-by-page twice a week on unlikelyjedi.com, beginning in early 2013. If we hit our funding target of £6000 we'll be able to provide all the rewards listed on the right, over there --------------------------------------------------->

Including:

Pledge £25 or more and receive a limited edition Unlikely Jedi t-shirt:

NEW: 3 designs to choose from!

NEW: Pledge between £15 and £30 and you'll also get an A4-sized, black & white print of your favourite character, or yourself or a friend drawn in the style of Unlikely Jedi, with or without lightsaber!

Pledge £30 or more and you'll get to help decide how the above video ends! If we finish the video using your idea, you'll get written into the story as a background or supporting character, a prize normally reserved for backers of £100 or more!

STRETCH GOALS

If we hit our first stretch goal of £10,000 then we will include an additional story at the end of the book, an adaptation of the short film that started it all, "Shotgun"! Everyone who pledges £20 or more will receive this additional story along with their digital copy of the main book!

Plus, everyone who pledges £25 or more will not only receive the limited edition t-shirt, but also a stunning, full colour, physical copy of the graphic novel (including "Shotgun") once it's complete. And to top it off, each copy will be signed by creators Ryan Brain and Jon Carey!

And if we hit £12,000 then we'll adapt the entire "Unwritten Rule Trilogy" to comic-form and include it digitally for backers of the £20 option, and physically at the end of the book for backers of the £25 option!

Hitting a stretch target will really show us that you want us to continue the adventures of the Unlikely Jedi; the more you support us, the more stories we can tell, and the longer we can keep doing this!

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT US

There are two things you can do to help make "Return of the French Guy" a reality: You can make a pledge, choosing from one of the options on the right, for which you'll receive an awesome reward. And the other thing you can do is simply tell people about the project! Like us on Facebook, Follow Us on Twitter and share and retweet our status updates. We need pledges to make this project happen, and for that we need to spread the word, so any way you can help do that, please do!

LEGAL DISCLAIMER

"Return of the French Guy" does not take place in the Star Wars universe, nor does it contain any characters created by LucasFilm Ltd. Beyond the use of the word Jedi and similar references to Star Wars, “Return of the French Guy” is an original story, a homage to a cultural phenomenon. At worst, it could be considered fan fiction, which LucasFilm Ltd. has historically been supportive of.

Any and all funding we receive through Kickstarter will be used to produce the Unlikely Jedi webcomic and “Return of the French Guy” graphic novel and related promotional material.

Unlikely Jedi and “Return of the French Guy” are not made, distributed, or supported by LucasFilm Ltd. and/or its licensors.

Jedi is a Trademark of LucasFilm Ltd. Star Wars, the Star Wars logo, all names and pictures of Star Wars characters, vehicles and any other Star Wars related items are registered trademarks and/or copyrights of Lucasfilm Ltd., or their respective trademark and copyright holders.

Risks and challenges

Life - Life can sometimes get in the way - house moving, children, new jobs - anything's possible. We're doing this project in our spare time, so unfortunately our day jobs have to take priority. But we're going to have at least a dozen pages of the comic finished before we even start posting them on the website, so we'll have plenty of time to catch up if things get in the way of us completing a page one week. We will never miss a release day!

Website - We don't yet know exactly what features the website will have, nor have we begun building it. At the very least it will be a blog-style site allowing us to post each page, twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but we're hoping it will be much more feature-rich than that.

Legal Issues - While highly unlikely, it’s not inconceivable that Disney may ask us to change the title of the comic as they own the trademark on the word “Jedi”. However, it’s also possible they may issue a cease-and-desist; if this happens and we have already started producing the novel, we won’t be able to make any refunds. It’s unlikely because, as described above, Unlikely Jedi is an original concept set in the real world, with original characters, and is not a commercial product. We’re not selling anything; we’re just trying to tell a story that’s inspired by the epic space opera we all love.

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    Beautiful Unlikely Jedi Desktop Wallpaper

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    NEW: An A4-sized print of your favourite character, or yourself or a friend drawn in the style of Unlikely Jedi, with or without lightsaber! (Black and White) +

    Digital copy of the finished graphic novel!

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    Get yourself drawn into the graphic novel as a background or supporting character!

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