When Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back came out in 1980, there was a short film that ran with it in the UK called the Black Angel. Now as the Star Wars franchise is getting revitalized by Disney, The Black Angel is going to be remade as a full length film.
The original short was commissioned by George Lucas after reading the script. It was shot in the Scottish Highlands on a tiny budge of £27,000 or $38,000 in 1979. The film was written and directed by Roger Christian who went on to do Nostradamus, Underworld and Masterminds. After a short run in theaters, all copies of the film were believed lost until 2011 when an archivist for Universal Studios found a negative. After being restored, the film made it's re-debut at the Mill Valley Fest in California in 2013 and became available digitally in 2014.
Now Christian will be expanding his vision into a feature film with John Rhys-Davies and Rutger Hauer already attached. The Feature Film will be shot in graphic novel style combining high adventure with high drama hot on the heels of fantasy icons, Lord of the Rings and The Hunger Games.
Black Angel: The Feature Film is an epic fantasy based on a Knight who undertakes a classic hero's journey to fight the Black Angel, the Demon Kings commander in the lands of Serandal. Guided by the sorcerer Myrddin and aided by Princess Kyna, the daughter of a rival King, they take on an epic adventure to stop the darkness from taking over the lands and allowing the demon king to reign supreme.
Fans all over the world are being invited to be a part of this cinematic history by donating via crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo, which goes live from today – Tuesday the 2nd June 2015. The 45-day campaign has a fundraising target of £66,000. Contributors will be given the chance to snap up exclusive perks, from an invite to the red-carpet premiere, to a part in the film as an extra in the Demon King's army, an all expenses paid one-week mentorship with the audio department during the post-production process, and even the chance to own a piece of the actual film negative from the original Star Wars: A New Hope, gifted to Roger Christian by George Lucas himself. Christian was the production designer on Star Wars and is considered one of the crucial members of the Star Wars family.
[Source: Jedi News]