If you're like me, you're probably wondering why this guy needs help getting a film made. Well, I still don't know the answer to that question (and whether or not it's considered bad form to even ask that anymore these days in which high-profile filmmakers--from Spike Lee to Zach Braff--can feel comfortable encouraging us to submit spare change in order to get their movies made). Hardy did take the time to write a charming message to fans and other interested parties. Check it out:
To those who enjoyed the original, The Wicker Man film (made in 1973) I hope that the news of a third film in the same genre will be very welcome. Over the years I have attended many hundreds of screenings of the film where the audience and I have tried to dissect why we think the mixture of ironic humour, gentle sex, mystery and plot driving songs, leading to a tumult of horror - works.
In The Wrath of the Gods all these elements are present but there will be two additional features: Firstly, the locations we have chosen will help us show off the awesome power of the Gods to express anger through great thunder and lightning storms, vast tree-cracking winds, volcanoes and tsunamis of steaming waves. Then there will be an abundance of Steam Punk, the shared hobby of our two stars, everything from Steam Punk motorbikes and organs to a steam-powered helicopter.
Apart from the two Star roles, the film is already substantially cast, its locations in such far flung places as Burbank, California, Shetland, Scotland and the highlands of Iceland. It awaits only the amazing objects and artifacts that your contributions will help us create this summer. By the end of the summer we plan to start pre-production on what will be a Winter Film.
We hope that the wide variety of gifts we have planned for our supporters will make following our team an exciting exercise. The weekly reports we will send to our contributors on every aspect of the production will be just part of what is on offer: Books, T - Shirts, Posters you would expect and the DVDs and Blu-Rays of the first two films in the trilogy are part of the total, The Wicker Man World we invite you to enter with us as we make The Wrath of the Gods - and on that journey there are many more interesting items on offer.
I'll admit, this is a pretty enticing invite (especially with the free swag), and I haven't even seen the original film yet. Interested in donating? Click here.