The producers of Iron Sky: The Coming Race — the sequel to the Nazis-on-the-moon spoof Iron Sky — are selling tickets to fans for international premiere events in an attempt to get distributors to coordinate a global date-and-date release, which they could not do for the first movie.
The Finnish-German-Belgian sci-fi movie — which stars British actress Lara Rossi (best known for her role as Inspector Seeger in TV crime drama Crossing Lines), Russian actor Vladimir Burlakov and veteran German-born thesp Udo Kier — began principal photography in Belgium Monday.
But even though an international release for the movie, which like the first film was partially crowd funded, is two years away, producers are hoping to use the power of the franchise’s fanbase to put pressure on distributors to agree to a single release date around the world.
“We are not forcing the distributors, because this is already being discussed in a very good spirit with them,” producer Tero Kaukomaa told The Hollywood Reporter, “but yes, every ticket sold to those premiere events will give the distributors one more good reason to stick on our release.”
The release of the first Iron Sky film showed the power of the movie’s global fan base, Kaukomaa says. International releases spread over different dates by distributors with different agendas can harm indie films, he believes, because some fans may turn to illegal Internet downloads to see a movie that has not yet been released in their territory.
The film, which also includes over 200 fans as extras, is due for its international release in the autumn of 2017. Tickets for premiere events are available at www.ironsky.net