07th Sep2015

Back This: Hawk the Hunter / Metal Made Flesh 2

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to the latest edition of our regular crowdfunding feature here on Nerdly – Back This! – where we take a look at some of the cool content taking the crowdfunding route on sites such as Indiegogo, Sponsume and Kickstarter. In this edition we’re taking a look at a new movie campaigns, and a cyberpunk graphic novel sequel…



Fans of cult movie Hawk the Slayer will be offered the chance to appear as extras in the long-awaited sequel, Hawk the Hunter, in their new crowdfunding campaign, which kicked off at the end of last month. Writer/director Terry Marcel, iconic rock musician Rick Wakeman and premier games and comic book publishing company Rebellion have joined forces for a crowdfunding campaign to finance the sequel.

Launching the Kickstarter last week at the Frightfest screening of Hawk the Slayer, Marcel called on fans to help raise the final 20% of the budget to make the sequel. In return for their financial pledges, supporters of the campaign will have the opportunity to appear as extras in the upcoming movie or pick up other exclusive Hawk the Hunter rewards, such as a limited number of Mindsword replica’s.

Terry Marcel, the writer/director of Hawk the Slayer, has brought back American Actor Ray Charleson, who played Crow the elf in the first movie, as an ‘ancient tree elf’ in Hawk the Hunter. Rick Wakeman, a lover of the original movie and its distinctive soundtrack, is to produce the sequel’s film score from his Norfolk studio. Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley, himself a self-confessed “massive Hawk fan”, is creating the film’s CGI as well as investing in the production. There is also a Hawk game and comic book in the works. London-based independent film and TV production company Westwood Productions Limited (WPL) has partnered with Baltic Films to co-produce Hawk the Hunter.

Hawk the Hunter will be shot at locations in Lithuania and England. Check out the Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/723609774/hawk-the-hunter



Put down your holophone, grab your deck and jack into the mainframe because cyberpunk is back! Metal Made Flesh 2: Blood and Oil is a brand new graphic novel and follow up to the critically acclaimed Metal Made Flesh (which we reviewed here), a cyberpunk space opera set in the distant future, that has been described as “Bladerunner meets Game of Thrones”.

Humanity has been chased to the brink of extinction by an unrelenting foe called the “Veul” and has been forced to take refuge in Tuaoni, a sprawling city on the black market trading hub Equan Yas. Forced into extreme poverty, and treated as the lowest of the low by the planet’s inhabitants, humans are forced to do whatever it takes to survive. The series centres on three humans, the cold, merciless cyborg Izobel Vice who loses more of her humanity with each passing upgrade; the psychopathic assassin Phaeon Nex, whose consciousness is trapped in the gradually failing body of a synthetic child and Kalibos, a spoilt human prince who loses everything when he is mutated into a hideous war machine.

In addition to art from creator Simeon Aston, Blood and Oil will also feature 3 of the best comic artists from the UK scene: Gary Erskine (Judge Dredd, Dan Dare, Hellblazer, The Authority, The Filth, Star Wars), Kev Crossley (Judge Dredd, Tomb Raider, ABC Warriors and concept artist for Alien vs. Predator and Star Wars) and relative newcomer Phil Buckenham (Rented… to the dead). Jeremy Biggs will be returning to writing and editing duties and will be joined by Emmy award nominated Mike Garley (Collider, Kill Screen, Dead Roots, Eponymous, Samurai Slasher, Adventure Time, Wallace and Gromit) and Cy Dethan (Starship troopers, The Indifference Engine, White Knuckle, Cancertown).

Perks for the Metal Made Flesh 2 campaign include copies of the graphic novel, original artwork, sketches, and even the chance to appear in the comic! Check out the Kickstarter page here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2071877215/metal-made-flesh-2-a-cyberpunk-graphic-novel


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