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Indiegogo looks to fund fantasy feature from 1980s with ‘LOTR’ star attached

Indiegogo looks to fund fantasy feature from 1980s with ‘LOTR’ star attached


Another Star Wars spin-off? Not so fast.

While Disney plans to push the sci-fi franchise down our throats for the rest of our lives, it seems like an Indiegogo campaign will bring back a short that was attached to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in the 1980s. Titled Black Angel, the project is looking to get funded and is referred to as Game of Thrones meets Valhalla Rising.

While not related to Star Wars in any way, the project was a short film that played before Empire Strikes Back when it came to Europe and Australia in 1980.

It is still looking to get funded, with the campaign starting today, but it already has two big name cast members. Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones star John Rhys-Davies and Blade Runner star Rutger Hauer are set to play King Aeolus and High Priest Sirdar.

According to Variety, the film will be shot in “an earthy and authentic style combining high adventure with high drama hot on the heels of fantasy icons Lord of the Rings and The Hunger Games.” Production is slated for September, with filming locations to include Hungary, Belgium, Morocco and Scotland.

The campaign is looking to bring in $100,000 and contributors will be given the chance to snap up exclusive perks, from an invite to the red-carpet premiere, to a part in the film as an extra in the Demon King’s army, an all-expenses paid one-week mentorship with the audio department during the post-production process, and even the chance to own a piece of the actual film negative from the original Star Wars: A New Hope, gifted to the director Roger Christian by Lucas.

Black Angel will be written and directed by Christian, who also wrote/directed the original short. The short was called “one of the most enigmatic films he’d ever seen” by Steven Spielberg.

You can donate to the campaign here and watch the original short below.