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Awesome Concept Art + Details About Weta Movie 'Panzer 88'

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August 23, 2010
Source: Hero Complex

Panzer 88

There's a project I've been hearing buzz about recently down in the works at Weta in New Zealand called Panzer 88. Our good friend Geoff Boucher of Hero Complex just decided to bust open the doors on it and has written a fantastic piece featuring an interview with producer Gary Kurtz (Star Wars IV, V) and some impressive concept art from the WWII-set supernatural tank thriller. The plot follows the five-man German crew of the Ilsa -- a King Tiger, the biggest tank of its day -- on a mission to the frigid and fearsome Russian border, where they tread into an ancient mystery by stirring a powerful entity. You've got to check this out!

Yes, it also looks as awesome as it sound so far, and best of all, Weta is doing the effects! Panzer 88 is a $20 million independent film that will shoot this winter. "It's a good, good project, you haven't seen anything like it for a while," Kurtz said. "It's a visceral, reality-based story with horror overtones, and the idea is to have be like the best of the graphic novels these days." Peter Briggs is directing and making his feature debut after co-writing the Hellboy script. Briggs also co-wrote the script for this with Aaron Mason & James Cowan, and he wants it to be a "Band of Brothers sort of ensemble." "We're aiming to do for the tank genre what Hunt For Red October and Crimson Tide did for submarine flicks. Only, with a supernatural twist."

Writer Aaron Mason explains their desire to keep it authentic. "The story features German protagonists on the Eastern Front of Russia in October 1944, and Peter and myself labored to anchor the story in the real history of the time, right down to charting actual troop movements. The few tank movies that are out there, like Kelly's Heroes or The Battle of the Bulge, are fairly slow affairs, which is the furthest thing from Panzer, which shifts at breakneck speed." Bring it on, I'm already pumped to see this. Don't worry about the budget, Weta even confirms that Kurtz should definitely be able to "produce an epic film on a respectable budget."

You can read the full Hero Complex post for more. I love the look of this and it sounds like it will be badass, can't wait to hear more about it. I wonder if Briggs will cast a bunch of unknowns or find a few name actors. Check out the two concept art images below and stay tuned for updates. Doesn't this sound awesome?

Weta's Panzer 88 Concept Art

Weta's Panzer 88 Concept Art

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  • jebstuart
    i'd like to see a good tank flick but i'm not so sure about the supernatural aspect
  • Xerxex
    I kinda like the supernatural tones, lets hop the tank actually looks like that in the film!
  • Eli
    Better sounding than ultramarines. Still...
  • beavis
    i'm very excited about this.............nazis AND the supernatural?...........how can i not be in?
  • Laplace's Demon
    Is that Schwerer Gustav in the background of the 1st pic?
  • jeffrey Lamar
    YES IT DOES ALEX!!! Is there a book or is this an original?
  • Guy
    Sounds awesome, I dont know about that last piece of concept art though... what is that the Balrog awoken again this time with armor in Russia? Not stoked about that thing.
  • Dandooo
    Bring it on!
  • The Voice Of Doom
    Yes! That's the Gustav in the background! Isn't that awesome?? Briggs in this article talks about portraying things onscreen that have never been seen before. I actually thought it was the Dora (the companion gun to the Gustav), until I Googled it and read what Briggs had to say about it. Freaking unbelievable! This is the movie I've been waiting years to see. Love the Balrog thing. I can only imagine that when Richard Taylor read the script, it must have been like a Las Vegas slot machine with everything hitting "Jackpot". This has winner written all over it. What's happened to Brigg's other project, Mortis Rex? The artwork from that was cool...
  • tir na nog
    sounds original and cool
  • dom
    Independent? What with 20 million backing and Weta at the fx helm? Hmm sounds to me like the producer knows that currently there's better stuff coming out of the real 'independent' sector and wants to try and swing this film as one. Not sure about the supernatural aspect - shame.
  • Hattori Hanzo
    WETA? 'nuff said at least as far as the FX are concerned.
  • It looks awesome.
  • Hey Alex thanks for the kind words, cheers. -GB
  • jont
    as long as teh nazi's meet their end similar to adolf in inglorious bastards then im game.
  • Icefilm
    As far as the film's plot is concerned, we'll have to wait and see if it holds up. But as far as the concept goes, this looks pretty sick!
  • The Voice Of Doom
    Dom: District 9 was definitely an indie at 25 mill...the budget for this is less than that. Hell, Passion Of The Christ was an indie. And that made a buck or two...
  • blasphemer
    looks great to me...already looking better than the comic book drivel that has the fanboys all agog...cant waitt to see this develope....
  • Richard
    I'd pay to see this.. but the art looks more Tiger I then King Tiger.
  • BellaNicoli
    oooh @jebstuart I'm SUPER excited for a Supernatural Tank Flick! Kurtz describes the project as "a visceral, reality-based story with horror overtones, and the idea is to have [it] be like the best of the graphic novels these days." Source: FEARnet: http://tinyurl.com/29967cp -bella
  • Nix
    Omg awesome! But I sure hope that the art "tiger" will be changed.... It's a focken mix of a Panther (hull), Panzer IV H (skirts/turret?) and the Tiger (rear hull, suspension, tracks) !!!!

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