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'Iron Sky' funding complete

Finnish foundation grants $1.1 mil to Nazi pic

COLOGNE, Germany -- Long-gestating Nazis-on-the-moon project "Iron Sky" closed the final gap in its financing with a €800,000 ($1.1 million) grant from the Finnish Film Foundation.

The genre spoof, which supposes a group of Nazis escaped to the moon before the end of World War II and are planning a new Fourth Reich, has been making the rounds for at least two years. Its €4.2 million ($5.8 million) budget is huge for Finnish standards but producers Blind Spot have lined up backers including Walt Disney Finland and Finnish broadcaster YLE as well as co-producers 27 Film Production in Germany and Film & Music Entertainment in the U.K.

Director Timo Vuorensola is set to begin principle photography on "Iron Sky" in January for a 2011 release. The film has lined up a cast of German second-tier stars including Gotz Otto, Udo Kier, Julia Deitze and Tilo Pruckner.