“Iron Sky,” the Finnish/German/Australian sci-fi spoof about Nazis on the moon, is about to get turned into a full-blown franchise with a TV series, games and merchandising in the pipeline.
The team behind the movie, Tero Kaukomaa, Samuli Torssonen and producer-helmer Timo Vuorensola, are launching Iron Sky Universe, a shingle dedicated to producing the next two sequels of the film, orchestrate a crowdfunding campaign for the second opus, “Iron Sky: The Coming Race,” as well as the production of a TV skein, games and other related products.
“We want to offer the fans and audiences a chance not only to experience the film, but also the whole scope of the Iron Sky Universe, and take part in building it,” Kaukomaa said.
The producers used crowdfunding to help finance “Iron Sky” and managed to collect more than $1 million from fans.
They aim at replicating the same model for the sequel, which is budgeted around $15 million, and have already raised more than $182,000 for the development of the script and a promo video, said Kaukomaa, who is attending the American Film Market to meet with potential production partners from the U.S., U.K. Germany and Australia, and international distributors to come on board “The Coming Race” and TV series.
“The Coming Race,” to be directed by Vuorensola, is in development. Principal photography is due to start in 2015 for a 2016 global day-and-date release.
It will lense in English and topline a mix of local and international talent.
“With ‘Iron Sky 1,’ we built a huge buzz worldwide but missed out on getting the film legally available day-and-date. With the sequel, we need to guarantee the audience the possibility to watch the film online and pay for it, and minimize the piracy,” Kaukomaa said.
The TV skein spinoff takes place during the space race and Cold War years of the late ’60s and early ’70s, with the Nazis hiding on the moon and meddling with the world’s unstable politics.
The series, which Kaukomaa says combines elements of “The X-Files” and “Mad Men,” begins with the U.S. moon landing in 1969, which sparks a series of events that lead to the near destruction of our world.
Meanwhile, Blind Spot Pictures, the Finnish outfit that produced the first “Iron Sky” movie, will also collaborate with Iron Sky Universe on the next two film productions.