It is time for some epic sequel news!
David Sandberg‘s hit short Kung Fury, which was partly funded through Kickstarter and gained quite a following, is moving forward with a sequel. However, the sequel will now be a feature-length film that will keep its eponymous title.
However, the major news that has arisen is that Sandberg, who will reprise his role and produce under his Laser Unicorns banner, will be joined by none other than Michael Fassbender (right), whose role is kept under wraps at this time. David Hasselhoff will also be appearing in the film, which is set to shoot this summer. We also have learned the synopsis for the film:
The feature film will be set in 1985 in Miami, which is kept safe under the watchful eye of the police officer Kung Fury through his Thundercops police force. After the tragic death of a Thundercop causes the group to disband, a mysterious villain emerges from the shadows to aid in the Fuhrer’s quest to attain the ultimate weapon.
It producers David Katzenberg, Seth Grahame Smith and Aaron Schmidt will join Sandberg as producers alongside B-Reel Films’ Philip Westgren as well as Conor McCaughan.
This is exciting news. If you haven’t seen the original Kung Fury short film, here’s your chance:
On Friday, fans will get a chance to see a live-action adaptation of the anime classic Ghost in the Shell. It is believed that should this film do well enough, the long gesturing live-action adaptation of one of the greatest sci-fi anime films made, Akira, will finally come to light.
Having been in developmental hell for well over a decade, Katushiro Otomo‘s classic anime film remains one of the best ever made. The story, which revolves around a motorcycle gang leader who must stop his superpowered subordinate from releasing a deadly imprisoned psychic whose name bears the title of the film.
Two names have come up in contention to become the director of the live-action film and both come from Sweden. They are Daniel Espinosa (Easy Money) (top right) and David Sandberg (Lights Out) (top left). Warner Brothers Pictures have retained the rights of the film since 2008 and to this day, it is still in development.
The next few years will have many live-action adaptations of manga and anime. Japan will have Blade of the Immortal, Hurricane Polymer, Gintama, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable and Fullmetal Alchemist on their slate this year while Hollywood will have Death Note on Netflix later this year and Alita: Battle Angel next year.
More as this news develops.
H/T: Dark Horizons
Last year’s short film Kung Fury was an exciting homage to martial arts films and 80’s madness from the creative mind of David Sandberg.
On the one-year anniversary of the film’s release, Sandberg has surprised everyone with the following post on Instagram:
Yes folks, Sandberg is planning a Kung Fury II. It is unclear if like the original, it will be done via crowdfunding. The original is quite a delight to watch, especially with the theme song “True Survivor” by David Hasselhoff.
If you haven’t had a chance to see the original Kung Fury, check out the video below and enjoy!
And as an added bonus, here’s the music video for the theme song: