Following the commercial success of comic sci-fi actioner “Iron Sky,” Finnish shingle Blind Spot Pictures capitalized on the pic’s fanbase to crowd-fund over 112,000 Euros ($146,674) for “Iron Sky II — The Coming Race” via IndieGoGo.
The $14.6 million project is being developed by producer Tero Kaukomaa and helmer Timo Vuorensola, who is writing the script with Johanna Sinisalo, Jarmo Puskala and Michael Kalesniko.
Budgeted below $10 million, “Iron Sky” was a local hit and sold to all major territories.
Kaukomaa told Variety the project — skedded to start lensing in early 2015 — has already sparked interest from sales agents and distributors.
“I’m not convinced we should release ‘Iron Sky II’ via the traditional distribution model, we’ll likely opt for a day-and-date release. It’s the best way to counter piracy and satisfy all the fans around the world at the same time.”
A leading Finnish company, Helsinki-based Blind Spot Pics. is also developing “Dead Rise,” a $2 million horror project taking place in a submarine which Vuorensola is writing and is set to direct after “Iron Sky II.”
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The English-language film will lense in S3D.
Kaukomaa said the company is in talks with a U.S. writer to co-pen the movie.