If you're the type to baulk at donating money to major studios or wealthy sitcom stars, perhaps you'll have more sympathy for the gonzo Finnish director Timo Vuorensola. The brains behind the Nazis-on-the-Moon craziness of Iron Sky announced development of a sequel at Cannes last month, and now hopes to raise $150,000 via Indiegogo to get the ball rolling. Check out Vuorensola's North Korea-baiting pitch video for Iron Sky: The Coming Race below.
If you're new here, Iron Sky is probably pretty much exactly what you'd expect a film about Moon Nazis starring Udo Kier to be, although the sort of Strangelove tonal shift later on comes as something of a surprise. Vuorensola is keeping the plot direction of the new film secret for now, but says, "All you need to know at this point is... the original writing team is back together, laying down the story elements. Some of the actors will be coming back, some amazing new actors will be joining us, (industrial rock band) Laibach has promised to score the film and our VFX team is sharpening its teeth to blow your minds once again with visual effects that'll make you drool."
To be clear, the $150,000 being sought currently is not for the film itself, but for the development of the screenplay and for another five-minute promo designed to drum up further funding. Iron Sky's budget was $10m, and the exepectation for the sequel is currently $15m: "The epic scale of the story demands it!"
Ten bucks gets you a screenplay when it's done, while $25 lets you see the trailer before anyone else, $40 gets you a t-shirt, and $60 gets you a signed prequel graphic novel. In the upper reaches, $100 will see you personally thanked on YouTube, $1k gets you invited to script meetings, $10k lands you a speaking role (but only in the promo) and $25k secures you a "presented by" credit (but again, it seems, not actually in the finished film).
"We are on the verge of yet another adventure, and your help is crucial," says Vuorensola. "We need you to be able to make an uncompromising, awesome sci-fi classic. We've proven we can do it. Now let's do it again, bigger and better this time!"
If all goes to plan, the promo will be ready for Cannes next May; the final draft of the screenplay will be complete by the end of 2014; and shooting will take place in 2015. If you fancy getting involved right at the start of that long haul, here's the link.