Just over 2 years ago, we featured the crowdfunding campaign for the sequel to the 2012 cult sci-fi film, “Iron Sky,” directed by Timo Vuorensola, which ended successfully, blowing past its goal of $150,000.
But that figure was just a fraction – about 1% of what was to be a $15+ million project. The $150,000+ was used to produce: a full script for the film, a clear production plan including a budget, and a four to five minute promo reel to help with further funding, says the campaign page.
The film, titled “Iron Sky: The Coming Race,” is now apparently close to completion, as the filmmakers have announced an early rough cut screening of the film sequel for fans for comments and feedback, set for March 7th, in Berlin, and March 8th in Helsinki.
“We’re doing this film together with the fans, for the fans and want to offer them a chance to comment our doings during the whole production,” explains director Timo Vuorensola. “We started out by sending the script to thousands of our fans, and improved it based on the feedback, and intend to do the same with the rough cut screenings.
“The early feed-back also gives us better understanding on positioning and marketing this film,” producer Tero Kaukomaa says. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we were to organize more of the rough cut screenings later this year, also in other markets.”
In addition, the filmmakers also released a character video teaser and poster introducing the main character of the film, Obi Washington, played by British actress Lara Rossi (a relative newcomer best known for her role the French-produced TV series “Crossing Lines” which aired primarily across Europe; although NBC aired one season here in the USA).
“Obi is the kind of character who, every day on the shoot, I couldn’t wait to play. The fun for me lies in staying open and willing to always find new shades and depths to the person you’re playing and Timo helped me do that every step of the way,” says Rossi in the video. “We were on the same page about Obi from the beginning but I think that together, we managed to go further than we’d expected. ”, Iron Sky was the most fun shoot I’ve ever had.”
The film is currently in post-production with a 17-million-euro budget (about $19 million), and Oscar- winning post production house Pixomondo (“Hugo,” “Game of Thrones”) has begun what will be a 10-month-long VFX process.
And as part of what is essentially an ongoing fundraising effort, the rough cut screenings aren’t free; you have to buy a ticket, available via an Indiegogo campaign page set up for this specifically: igg.me/at/thecomingrace.
The producers and director Timo Vuorensola are also screening a showreel of the film to select buyers at the European Film Market this month.
Synopsis: Twenty years after the events of “Iron Sky,” the former Nazi Moonbase has become the last refuge of mankind. Earth was devastated by a nuclear war, but buried deep under the wasteland lies a power that could save the last of humanity – or destroy it once and for all. The truth behind the creation of mankind will be revealed when an old enemy leads our heroes on an adventure into the Hollow Earth. To save humanity they must fight the Vril, an ancient shapeshifting reptilian race and their army of dinosaurs.
The Finnish-German-Belgian co-production was shot from October-December 2015 in Belgium. “Iron Sky: the Coming Race” stars Lara Rossi, Vladimir Burlakov and Kit Dale, with Julia Dietze and Udo Kier, both returning from first Iron Sky, rounding out the key cast.
The film is scheduled to hit the theaters on the latter half of 2017.
Watch Rossi’s new character teaser below:
And watch the rough cut announcement video featuring director Timo Vuorensola: