Concept Art for Robert Rodriguez's New Take on Frazetta's 'Fire & Ice'
Another panel I caught at Comic-Con was Robert Rodriguez's open discussion on his upcoming slate, which included an announcement that he was re-opening the Frank Frazetta museum, so everyone could see all his gorgeous artwork in person. As part of that, Robert Rodriguez also confirmed he was working on a live-action adaptation of Frazetta's Fire and Ice, released as an animated movie in 1983. During the panel, he showed some of Frazetta's concept art that he was referencing for his movie, and it looked quite epic. Thankfully Entertainment Weekly has just posted high res copies of the artwork online for everyone to see.
During the panel, Rodriguez compared his version of Fire & Ice to Sin City, and how he wants to take us into "this world" and the mind of Frazetta just like how he took us into Frank Miller's world. If that's the case and this is the art we're going to see come to life, then I'm already very excited to see this, it just looks gorgeous and I can only imagine how amazing this will look turned into live-action coming from the mind of Robert Rodriguez. Here's a sample of three Frazetta Fire and Ice concept art pieces for Rodriguez's movie:
For those unfamiliar with Fire and Ice, here's a synopsis: From his stronghold in Ice Peak, the evil Nekron sends forth a wave of deadly glaciers, forcing humanity to retreat to Fire Keep, a kingdom ruled by a generous king. When King Jarol's daughter Teegra is kidnapped, young warrior Larn teams with the mysterious and legendary Dark Wolf, to rescue the princess and the realm from Nekron’s evil sorcery.
In the first photo, with all the big black cats, that's Princess Teegra, and you can see Dark Wolf below that battling "an army of Nekron’s sub-human creatures." Rodriguez reiterates what he originally said during the panel: "I want it to look like you just stepped into one of his paintings, where you get to see his world, and how he saw people, anatomy, and composition and color." He adds that "it will feel like it's real, but not real. It'll be his reality." I'm glad some of this concept art made it online, as it's just gorgeous and should make your own imagination go wild. Rodriguez has a lot on his plate, but he made it sound like this was going to be next after he finishes Spy Kids 4. Can't wait to see even more! Excited to get into Frazetta's world?