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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Web-Financed Space Nazi Comedy Iron Sky Will Open in 2012


ironskyposter300.jpgAs the saying goes, it takes a village… and when the long-gestating Nazi comedy Iron Sky finally hits theaters next year, we’ll have many folks to thank. (Including crowdfunding backers and financiers from the U.K., Australia, Germany, and Finland.) Iron Sky explains that the Nazis didn’t just disappear when World War II ended — they relocated to the moon to regroup and hatch a space invasion of Earth (or, “meteorblitzkrieg”) in 2018. After the jump, the latest grindhouse-y teaser!

Added bonus, of course: Iron Sky stars the incomparable Udo Kier, Mauser from The Matrix films (Christopher Kirby), and a giant space zeppelin. So, you know. Totally there come April 2012.

Full synopsis from the Iron Sky website:

Towards the end of World War II the Nazi scientists made a significant breakthrough in anti-gravity. From a secret base built in the Antarctic, the first Nazi spaceships were launched in late ‘45 to found the military base Schwarze Sonne (Black Sun) on the dark side of the Moon. This base was to build a powerful invasion fleet and return to take over the Earth once the time was right.

Now it’s 2018, and it’s the time for the first American Moon landing since the 70′s. Meanwhile the Nazi invasion, that has been over 70 years in the making, is on its way, and the world is goose-stepping towards its doom. The three main characters of the story are Renate Richter (Julia Dietze), Klaus Adler (Götz Otto), and James Washington (Christopher Kirby).

And an explanation of the unique community “cloud financing” that made Iron Sky possible:

What makes Iron Sky special is the wide ranging collaboration with fans and community: the movie project fans join in creating ideas and content for the movie in a collaborative movie making platform called Wreckamovie, give the film publicity by sharing information online, even fund the movie by designing and buying merchandise and other means. One million euros of the budget comes from fan funding.

According to the teaser, Iron Sky will arrive April 4, 2012 although specifics on North American distribution have yet to be announced.

[THR, Iron Sky Official Site]