'Iron Sky' captains near takeoff


BERLIN -- After two years of Internet and guerrilla marketing stunts that included the 1930s-style newsboys shouting outside the European Film Market, Finland's Blind Spot pictures is about to close financing on "Iron Sky," the "Nazis on the moon" film that became an online sensation before a single frame was shot.

Director Timo Vuorensola, in Berlin to cast supporting roles for the film, told THR that Blind Spot is still in talks for the final 15%-20% of the film's $7 million-$8 million budget. Vuorensola expects to begin shooting this summer. German actors Udo Kier, Gotz Otto and Julia Dietze are attached to play Nazis who, according to the film's high-concept premise, set up a secret base on the moon in 1945 from which they plan to re-invade the earth in 2018.

Vuorensola and Blind Spot launched the "Iron Sky" project two years ago with a series of viral campaigns online. One of their schemes included selling "war bonds" to fans to help finance production -- a move that Vuorensola says has generated "tens of thousands of dollars" in funding.

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Stealth Media Group has already presold "Iron Sky" to Walt Disney in Finland, Revolver in the U.K., Euforia in Nowary and Kino Swiat for Poland. Blind Spot has set the project up as a Finnish-German co-production with Germany's 27 Films.