2012’s Finnish schlockbuster Iron Sky was a better idea than it was an actual film – a tongue-in-cheek riff on the old conspiratorial chestnut about relic Nazis hiding out on the dark side of the moon, zipping about in Vril-powered saucers and generally doing evil Nazi super-science stuff. But that’s no reason not to do a sequel! And besides, everything is better with dinosaurs.
As the breathless presser tells us, “Iron Sky The Coming Race is a science fiction action film produced with the budget of 17 million, making it the most expensive Finnish film directed by a Finnish director. Starring Lara Rossi (Crossing Lines), Vladimir Burlakov (Deutschland ’83), Brazilian Jujitsu champion Kit Dale, Julia Dietze (Iron Sky) with Tom Green (Charlie’s Angels, Freddy Got Fingered) and Udo Kier (Blade, Armageddon), the film continues the story of the Moon Nazis and the fate of mankind.
“25 years after the events of the first Iron Sky, the Moon Base is falling apart and full of refugees from Earth, which has been nuked to smithereens in the war between the Earth nations and Moon Nazis. The salvation of mankind is in the hands of Obi (Lara Rossi), daughter of the hero of the first movie, Renate Richter (Julia Dietze), who sets out on a journey to the Hollow Earth to find the source of eternal life, Vril-Ya.”
So, more high weirdness, including the Hollow Earth theory, perhaps leavened by the presence of anti-comedian Tom Green. Eh, probably still worth a gamble.
What’s really intriguing is that this comes to us courtesy of Iron Sky Universe, a production company who are apparently also producing a Chinese-Finnish feature film entitled Iron Sky: The Ark, along with a TV series, which they ambitiously already describe as “multi-season”. It seems this unlikely franchise has legs – or at least gamely wiggling stumps.
Iron Sky the Coming Race will be released in 2018 – although given the delays with the first one, it might be worth taking that with a pinch of salt.