Iron Sky team goes to Hollywood – and crowdsources aliens
Tero Kaukomaa and Timo Vuorensola, the Finnish filmmakers behind the cult hit Iron Sky are partnering with Arnold Rifkin (Live Free or Die Hard) and Ross Richie (2 Guns) to bring the sci-fi action film Jeremiah Harm to the screen. Kaukomaa, Rifkin, and Richie will produce, and “Iron Sky” director Vuorensola will direct.
Jeremiah Harm is a sci-fi action blast about an intergalactic bounty hunter sent on a mission to Earth to hunt down a band of space-faring criminals and the girl they kidnapped. Set in space and New York City, the film aims to hit the chords of 80’s & 90’s sci-fi action films.
Jeremiah Harm is based on a BOOM! Studios graphic novel of the same name written by industry veterans Keith Giffen and Alan Grant. Covers and character designs are by John Mueller featuring interior artwork from Rael Lyra and Rafael Albuquerque.
In addition, the filmmakers have announced that they will use a crowdsourcing model similar to the one used for Iron Sky. This was a collaborative effort from thousands of Internet users that helped raise $1M of the film’s budget and build user engagement throughout the film’s development with social media. Through this, fans were able to play a major role in creating the fictional world of Iron Sky by contributing visuals and even joining the production in small roles and as extras.
Similarly, fans can go to www.jeremiahharm.com to create their own aliens for the world of Jeremiah Harm. By crowdsourcing the filmmakers search up to one million alien designs: The most creative creatures will find their way into the film itself.
“The Iron Sky team has paired with an experienced producer Arnold Rifkin”, said BOOM! Studios Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ross Richie, “and we are extremely excited about the crowdsourcing model the Finns are bringing to the mix.”
“Our online community was responsible for bringing Iron Sky to life and we aim to continue where we left off with a similar model for Jeremiah Harm,” says producer Tero Kaukomaa. “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, and we look forward to them joining us for the ride,” Kaukomaa says.
Vuorensola, who used crowdsourcing for both of his films Star Wreck and Iron Sky noted, “I believe crowdsourcing is the way of the future in audience engagement in films – both big and small ones – and it’s here to disrupt the way films are experienced. 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 punch of freaks from Finland when they bum rush the United States” continues Vuorensola” “It should be a lot of fun and very interesting to watch!”
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