Terry Marcel, the writer/director of cult movie Hawk The Slayer has launched a Kickstarter campaign today to raise half-a-million dollars - the final 20 per cent of the funding needed to get the long-awaited sequel, Hawk The Hunter, off the ground.
This new movie, although originated and written by Marcel, will be directed by Keith Claxton, a scriptwriter and director on Channel Five's sword-and-sorcery series Dark Knight. Claxton is also an award-winning writer/director of short films.
Check out the campaign's Kickstarter page for more information about the team behind Hawk The Hunter, as well as the various investment incentives, which include digital downloads and DVDs of finished film, novelisations, T-shirts, scripts, and screen-used coins right up to premier tickets, original artwork, set visits, the chance to be an extra and even to own your very own Mindsword (for a mere $5,000)!
Over 30 years in the making, if the funding is successful, Hawk The Hunter is due to begin shooting later this year in locations in Lithuania and England.
With any luck, as the campaign unfolds we'll get to see more production artwork, possibly a tease of the effects and, maybe even, some casting news.
Although video game company Rebellion (also publishers of 2000AD) is helping out with the special effects, I'm hoping - as has been a trend in some recent big screen franchises - that the effects will be predominantly practical (even if, as was the case in Hawk The Slayer, these come off as a bit cheesy. That was part of the magic of the original). CGI is generally best used for tweaking shots in my opinion.
The crowd-sourcing campaign runs until October 1, with most of the rewards scheduled to ship around April/May next year.