Intergalactic bounty hunter 'Jeremiah Harm' based on graphic novel
“Iron Sky” director Timo Vuorensola and producer Tero Kaukomaa will work on the sci-fi action project with Rifkin (“Live Free and Die Hard”) and Ross Richie, founder of BOOM! Studios. Dalan Musson is penning the script.
The filmmakers plan to use a crowd-sourcing model, similar to the one used for “Iron Sky,” to gather creative input from online fans.
“Jeremiah Harm” was published by BOOM! Studios, written by Keith Giffen and Alan Grant. Rifkin’s Cheyenne Enterprises optioned it in 2011 and previously announced plans to develop it with director Timur Bekmambetov.
Set in space and New York, it’s a sci-fi action story about an intergalactic bounty hunter who comes to Earth to track down a gang of criminals and the girl they kidnapped.
Fans will be able to log into jeremiahharm.com to offer their own designs for aliens.
However, unlike “Iron Sky,” there don’t appear to be any plans to raise production funding for the project from the online community. Kaukomaa’s Blind Spot Pictures raised $1 million out of the $10 million budget for “Iron Sky” from fans of the project. The movie, about Nazis on the moon trying to invade the Earth, grossed $8.2 million worldwide including just $122,000 in the U.S.
Kaukomaa commented, “This is a unique opportunity for thousands of artists, science geeks and film fans out there to contribute to the making of a new science fiction world.”
Vuorensola said, “I believe crowdsourcing is the way of the future in audience engagement. Film is no longer just the product that comes out of the pipeline in the end, but the whole process of filmmaking can be part of the fun as well.
“Also, 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 U.S.”
Vuorensola and Rifkin are repped by WME.