Iron Sky, director Timo Vuorensola and producer Tero Kaukomaa’s tale of Nazi’s hiding out on the moon since WW2, was definitely a cheesy schlockfest. But it was a cheesy shlockfest that was very much aware of both its cheesiness and schlock factor, which somehow made it a bit more palatable. Sort of.
Their next project was supposed to be an adaptation of the graphic novel, I Killed Adolf HItler, but it looks like the Finnish filmmaking duo will be taking some time off from gorgonzola fueled Nazi’s to take on the tale of the baddest man in the universe, Jeremiah Harm, the comic book creation of Alan Grant and Keith Giffen,
Jeremiah – you can call him Jerry, but he’ll probably rip your limbs off if you do – is a nasty guy with a bad attitude and a lever-action rifle to back that up. He’s a human, but never really went to Earth. Born and raised in several intergalactic orphanaries with a bunch of aliens from all corners of the galaxy, he begun a career as a bounty hunter early, scoring his first kill before the age of 15. After that, the body count has been steadily rising, and by mid-30’s, he has basically hunted down every imaginable race in the galaxy – but not his own kind. See, he’s the only human around as far as he knows, until he is assigned to Earth, a planet claimed to be lost thousands of years ago. And of course he finds himself in New York, chasing a bunch of alien criminals and a girl they kidnapped from the Most Important Man In the Universe.
Similarly to what they did with Iron Sky, the pair will be making the film with a heavy emphasis on crowdsourcing and fan involvement, with A Good Day To Die Hard producer Arnold Rifkin and Boom! Studios (the comic publisher) president Ross Ritchie producing. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov’s Bazelev production company will also be throwing their weight behind the picture.
Vourensola had this to say about bringing their filmmaking approach to Hoillywood:
“I believe crowdsourcing is the way of the future in audience engagement in films – both big and small ones – and it’s here to disrupt the way films are experienced. Film is no longer just the product that comes out of the pipeline in the end, but the whole process of film-making can be part of the fun as well.
“We are inviting our community to follow our adventure in Hollywood and see what happens to a bunch of freaks from Finland when they bum rush the United States,”
And as a means of attracting interest in the project Vourensola and Kaukomaa have created a rather lengthy promo reel, which – despite it’s level of professional polish – is actually not footage to be used in the film, merely a mock-up to show off their intended tone and visual aesthetic.
Maybe it’s just because I’m a sucker for noir-ish, cigar chewing anti-heroes, but that actually wasn’t too bad. Yes, the dialogue made my inner ear canal spontaneously combust at times, but it’s got a potentially interesting story and could make for some great visuals.
Last Updated: November 21, 2012