It's been 11 years since the premier in Colorado. Some people in the movie have died, some of the animals have died, but the movie is going strong. Because I never wanted to make a movie or be in the movie biz, one would think that I would have walked away from the movie a long time ago. Yup, I agree. BUT, for reasons that are hard to explain, I am not going to give up on finding the right people to remake this fun, entertaining and relatable movie that has already been seen by hundreds of thousands of people all over the world.
Why did I make the movie in the first place? Because I felt called to show the truth about restaurant biz workers. I did a lot of research and interviewing and wanted to fight the stereotypes that most movies portray. The public's opinion is quite off. Generally speaking, we don't hate our jobs. We aren't all alcoholics and drug addicts. AND we don't spit in your food when you return it. Apparently I was on the right track because people keep telling others to watch it, and I still hear that people of all ages enjoy it when they tell me they have seen it.
It seems that the time might be right. Hollywood is "rebooting" (the new term for remaking) many series and movies that were popular years ago. Rosanne Barr and Carol Burnett are 2 ladies and shows that are returning to the airwaves. I have read articles on the surge of remakes and people questioning if Hollywood has run out of ideas, hence all the reboots. Since "Did I Say Thousand Island? " wasn't a Hollywood movie, it's not in the same category, but since it has been exposed to countless people over the years, it's not exactly unknown. It's also a story that relates to millions because everyone goes out to eat, has worked in the biz or knows someone who does.
So why the 1980's movies reboots? Maybe someone is finally realizing that baby boomers are the ones with the time and money to go to the movies more frequently than any other age group. And we like stories, and not just crazy fast action and bright lights flashing on the screen all the time. Tim Dirks, editor of AMC’s Filmsite.org. writes, “In retrospect, many of the blockbusters in the ’80s ... were well-constructed films with strong characters and plots not entirely built upon their special effects.” One of the reviewers of my movie said, "Make no mistake that this is an independent, low-budget film with unseasoned actors at the helm but it has more heart and gusto than any big-budget mainstream film about the hospitality business. I enjoyed this film for that reason--"
So I'm back at it. Won't give it up. Will have to go truckin' in a while, but until I do, I will keep searching for that person who see's the potential of a clean and fun restaurant movie that is sure to put a smile on their face at some point in the story.