If you thought Ron Maxwell was the only person making a movie about Copperheads this year, think again! As it turns out, there is actually another film dealing with the subject, though in an entirely different way, slated for theatrical release on May 10. Directed by Harold Cronk, and starring Christopher Lloyd, Ernie Hudson, and Derek Brandon, Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Conspiracy looks and sounds like your prototypical family-friendly adventure movie, and it probably is, but it does indeed involve the American Civil War. The synopsis of the film is as follows:
In this family-friendly adventure, when a mythical device from ancient times is rebuilt by a group of Confederates who feel the Civil War never ended, 12-year old Mickey Matson and his friend, Sully, must follow a series of clues left to him by his grandfather to keep the evil men away from the three mystical objects that power the device. If he fails, it could mean not only the loss of his family’s home, but maybe the demise of our country as we know it. Mickey needs to make tough choices pitting good versus evil along the way in hopes to arrive at an outcome in everyone’s best interest.
While I really have no interest in seeing this, Mickey Matson could prove to be a pretty important film, even though I am writing this under the assumption that the actual facts regarding the Civil War will be limited, and there is no telling how the actual, literal Copperheads will figure into the plot and be represented. The reason why this could be so important? Because it is aimed at kids, and could unintentionally spark their interest in the Civil War without them even knowing it (like what Indiana Jones did for archaeology). I do not know if this will be nationally released or be one of those films that only finds its way into smaller theaters, but if anyone happens to see this movie or has more information, please let us know. Two movies about Civil War Copperheads in the same year? Who would have thought?!
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