Robert Rodriguez Finally Nabs Rights for Fire and Ice Remake
With a career that's gone from one end of the spectrum to the other from the violent, stylized adaptation of Sin City to the family friendly action flick Spy Kids, it looks like director Robert Rodriguez has landed a dream project of sorts. He recently talked to AICN where he revealed that he's finally acquired the rights to the 1983 animated film Fire and Ice, a film that he's been interested in for years. Even better, Rodriguez and his Troublemaker Studios now fully control the rights, so whether the film gets made or not is entirely up to Rodriguez, but I think it's a safe bet that he's foaming at the mouth to get started as soon as possible.
For those of you not familiar with the original animated film (as in, the poster above), you can check out the trailer right here, or read the basic synopsis below, so you know exactly what we're talking about with this:
It's a prehistoric battle of the elements as the dissolute ruler of the Ice World, Nekron, starts a war against the fire people using a massive, advancing glacier and armies of subhuman monsters as his weapons. When he arranges to have the fire king's shapely daughter, Teegra, kidnapped, the adventure begins as she escapes her captors and hooks up with Lorn, lone survivor of an earlier skirmish. With the aid of a mysterious dark warrior, Lorn and Teegra fight the armies of Nekron as well as giant monsters, lesbian sorcerers, and other comic book delights.
Directed by Ralph Bakshi and showcasing characters and a story based on Frank Frazetta's creations, Fire and Ice used rotoscoping to take live-action footage and turn it into an animated feature. Rodriguez will be going the live-action route for his remake of the film, but knowing what he can do with live-action in films like Sin City, you can be sure this will have a style all its own. For now, Rodriguez is staying mum on any casting or in depth details about the story, but surely we'll be hearing more about this project in the future. In the meantime, if you haven't already, check out the "illegal" trailer for Rodriguez's newest film Machete.