25/06/2010. Contributed by Jessica Martin
One of the problems with the creeping passage of time is that we no longer get cool world war two movies. Okay, there has been a couple from Clint, Flags of our Fathers etc, but generally speaking, they're a dying art. Then, along comes Iron Sky, where Nazis flee to the moon in 1945 in rockets, then re-invade Earth in 2018.
To date, there hasn't been that much Nazi science fiction on the big and small screen, though.
There was the Trek episode Patterns of Force, where a mad Terran history professor has broken the prime directive and made himself Führer along with all the Nazi paraphernalia. The book Fatherland got made into a rather naff B movie, of course, that sank without a trace.
It's a big theme in books, however, breaking out of the genre into the mainstream with such novels as Making History by Stephen Fry, in which a time machine is used to alter history so that Adolf Hitler was never born. Despite this however, a different leader resulted in Nazi Germany being more successful than it was under Hitler, with the Germans winning World War II and now in a Cold War with the United States.
Similar ideas are also seen - first - in The Man in the High Castle, Fatherland (also a mainstream novel), Harry Turtledove's many parallel reality war novels, and Norman Spinrad's The Iron Dream.
And now, here comes Iron Sky, a fan-backed science fiction action comedy being produced by Blind Spot Pictures and Energia Productions in Finland, and co-produced by 27 Films in Germany and New Holland Pictures in Australia.
Yes, towards the end of World War II the staff of SS officer Hans Kammler made a significant breakthrough in anti-gravity.
From a secret base built in the Antarctic, the first Nazi spaceships were launched in late ‘45 to found the military base Schwarze Sonne (Black Sun) on the dark side of the Moon. This base was to build a powerful invasion fleet and return to take over the Earth once the time was right.
Now it’s 2018, the Nazi invasion is on its way and the world is goose-stepping towards its doom.
At the moment, the production is gearing up with costumes being made, sets designed and plans being finalised. Shootings will begin at October 2010 to take place in Germany and Australia. After the shoot they are, they say, planning to enter a year-long post production process.
See the trailer below for a taste of the movie and then get yourself over to www.ironsky.net to support the flick. It could be your last chance to get a scifi film with such classic dialogue as, 'For you, the war is over', 'Achtung' and 'Papers, please.'
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