A fascinating new Star Wars contest plans to pit fans against one another to see who can watch The Force Awakens on repeat the longest. Literally — the last conscious attendee will win a prize pack and an unrivaled badge of geeky honor (then, hopefully a shower and some sleep).
Dubbed Star Wars: The Marathon Awakens, the event is being hosted at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas, and is described as "an endless, round-the-clock screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens until one final fan is left to claim their mantle of intergalactic super fan supremacy.” The contest is open to seven die-hard pre-selected fans (they’ll be chosen via a social media contest using #AlamoJedi).
The event will kick off at 4 a.m. on Dec. 17, with fans watching all six original Star Wars films before diving into The Force Awakens. Once they reach that point, The Force Awakens will be put on an endless loop until just one fan remains. This might sound like fun, but trust me, these marathon events can take a toll on both the psyche and the body.
Participants will be allowed a few short breaks to stretch their legs and use the restroom, but it’s all Star Wars all the time. Those in the contest will not be allowed to sleep, use illegal drugs or talk/text during the movies. It's basically a battle of geeky wills, to see who can last the longest.
But it's almost worth it. Whoever survives will receive a seven-year movie pass to Alamo Drafthouse theaters, a complete set of 2015 and 2016 Topps Star Wars Card Reader cards and a selection of mega-rare Star Wars Mondo prints. A theater seat will also be named in the winner’s honor.
Does this sound awesome, or awesomely terrible?
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)