Whether Ryan Beitz, the man setting out to collect every VHS copy of the 1994 movie Speed, succeeds in meeting his $2,500 Kickstarter goal to convert his van into a replica of the film’s bus, remains to be seen. But it sounds like his collection, estimated at 500 copies, will definitely be growing after he was profiled on Vice.com.
“Everyone has been sending me links to the Vice article on this guy,” Speed screenwriter Graham Yost, now showrunner of FX’s Justified and an executive producer of The Americans, tells EW.com in an email. “I am going to see if I can dig up a copy or two to send to him. Other than world peace and ending hunger, I can think of no greater cause than what this one brave and visionary man has embarked upon.”
Watch Beitz’s Kickstarter pitch below. As stated on the site, “This bus will be used for a national tour wherein the [World Speed Project] will display the collection at gallery showings, county fairs, diy punk basement shows, collector’s conventions, and the like; as well as hunt for VHS copies hidden all over the U.S. and World.”