Laibach to Provide Soundtrack for Moon Nazi Invasion in Iron Sky
May 13, 2010 · Print This Article
CANNES, 13 MAY 2010 — In the year 1945 the Nazis went to Moon, and in 2018 they are coming back. This is the premise of the sci-fi film Iron Sky, the upcoming movie project from the creators of the hugely popular internet hit Star Wreck. The soundtrack of the invasion will be provided by industrial and electronic music heavyweights, the Slovenian ensemble Laibach, in collaboration with Ben Watkins as a co-writer and producer of the score. You can get the first taste of the soundtrack on the new teaser that was published today. The teaser contains the first footage that will also appear on the finished film: http://www.ironsky.net/
Iron Sky has a budget of 6.5 million euros, which makes it one of the most expensive Finnish movies to date.
Laibach is a Slovenian group famed for its blend of industrial, military and neo-classical music. The history of the controversial music group spans nearly three decades, during which they have gathered strong underground fame both with their original songs and insightful cover versions of popular hits, such as Queen’s “One Vision” and the entire Beatles album “Let It Be“. (http://www.laibach.nsk.si/)
Before Iron Sky Ben Watkins has worked on the soundtrack of such movies as The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions and Once Upon a Time in Mexico. He is the principal member of the musical group Juno Reactor that was formed in 1990. (http://www.reactorleak.com/)
“I was actually sitting in a sauna with our team when one of us, Jarmo Puskala, came up with the idea that we should do a film about Nazis on the Moon. I agreed, and my number one demand was that if so, I want Laibach to do the music“, commented the Iron Sky director Timo Vuorensola about their choice of artists. “It was a far-fetched idea at the moment, but stuck into my head as a general style guideline not just for music, but for the general approach for the film, and finally, when I heard they would be interested after we contacted them, I was in ecstasy. Their unique sense of humor and nice and twisted approach will really light a spark in the wretched genre of film music. We’re hoping to create something like Vangelis did for Blade Runner – not just a soundtrack, but a whole new world that echoes through the music.”
“A few years ago we were approached by some crazy Finns on one of our tours in Finland to cooperate on film with them, but we didn’t take them that seriously at first“, said the spokesman of Laibach. “A year later we received a call and shortly afterwards the Iron Sky people visited Ljubljana. We went to our mountain shelter in the Julian Alps and they told us the story about the film they wanted us to collaborate on. They also showed us the work they had done so far and we were convinced straight away.”
“We were always fascinated by the secret histories of politics and power, as well as by space and the universe itself. We firmly believe that there is actually a great possibility that many Nazis survived the defeat after the Second World War and they escaped not only to South America and the USA but very probably Across the Universe, and especially to the Moon and creating a settlement there. In their last phase the Nazis certainly developed highly sophisticated equipment which theoretically could have helped them to reach and colonise the Moon.”
“This is of course a hypothetical film, but in our sincere opinion it is not entirely impossible and in fact quite logical. If it ever came true this film would be a perfect illustrated prediction about the clash between the two greatly Nazified civilisations existing on the same expanded time scale, so close but so far away from each other. We can’t wait for the result and we definitely want to be there when it happens!”
The movie creators collaborate actively with their audience and fans on all fronts, from publicity through content to funding. People who are interested in Iron Sky may demand to see the film in their home city using a system called Crowd Controls (http://www.ironsky.net/demand/), collaborate in creating the movie in the acclaimed film creation playform Wreckamovie (http://www.wreckamovie.com/iron-sky/) and fans can invest in the movie (http://www.ironsky.net/invest/).
IRON SKY PRESS MATERIALS
For press materials, such as photos and video, head over to http://www.ironsky.net/press/
IRON SKY IN SOCIAL MEDIA
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BEHIND THE IRON SKY
Iron Sky is a scifi movie that takes place in the year 2018, when the Nazis, who fled the Earth to the dark side of the Moon in 1945, return to claim the Earth. The film is a Finnish-German co-production, filmed mainly in English, with a budget of 6.5 million euros. It’s directed by Timo Vuorensola and produced by Tero Kaukomaa (Blind Spot Pictures), Samuli Torssonen (Energia Productions) and Oliver Damian (27 Films Production), with a screenplay is written by the acclaimed sci-fi writer Johanna Sinisalo (Nebula Award nominee 2009, Finlandia 2000) and Michael Kalesniko (Private Parts). The cast includes Julia Dietze (1½ Ritter), Götz Otto (Schindler’s List, The Downfall), Tilo Prückner (The Neverending Story, Die Fälscher) and Udo Kier (Dogville, Dancer in the Dark). The film will be released in 2011 and world sales are handled by Stealth Media Group.
Vuorensola and Torssonen’s first film was Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning – a fan-made sci-fi parody, which was published both as a free download and a commercial DVD. The film has reached over eight million viewers all around the world and gathered a strong international fan base.
Information and photos: http://www.starwreck.com/
The Star Wreck project gave birth to a collaborative filmmaking platform called Wreckamovie, which offers film creators a direct connection with their audience, and offers the fans a never-before-seen chance to interact with movie projects.