As part of his announcement-loaded Quick Draw Productions panel at Comic-Con, Robert Rodriguez announced that work was already underway on his new, live action feature version of Frank Frazetta’s Fire and Ice.
The original Fire and Ice was an animated film, made in partnership with Ralph Bakshi. It was cel-animated, if largely rotoscoped, and couldn’t really attain the level of complexity and rich textures we’re used to in Frazetta’s paintings. As a result, this remake is likely to be rather more faithful to the “Frazetta look,” despite being ostensibly live action and therefore created by means rather more distinct from the craft of painting than a toon would be.
Entertainment Weekly have premiered three pieces of Fire and Ice concept art. They’re rather convincing – or at least, convincingly Frazetta-like.
It’s not all doodles, however – Rodriguez has also been scribbling in the margins. Here’s the official plot blurb for the film:
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.
If by plan, then Rodriguez will start production on the film early next year.
For more on Rodriguez’ big ideas – a Frazetta museum, two more Machete movies, Sin City 2 in 3D and Heavy Metal – then dial back to my Comic-Con coverage.