Finnish filmmaker Timo Vuorensola first caught audiences’ attention with his debut feature, the Nazis-in-space flick Iron Sky. That crowd-funded film eventually made it to release where it unfortunately disappointed many critics. That hasn’t deterred Vuorensola from pursuing his movie-making dreams, though – and the director is back with a proof-of-concept video for his newest project.
If you’re assuming that means he’s revealed a trailer for I Killed Adolf Hitler, guess again – while we all figured that was Vuorensola’s next project, it turns out we’ve been fooled. Instead of another Nazi movie, Vuorensola is turning to a different graphic novel as inspiration: Jeremiah Harm.
Like Iron Sky, Jeremiah Harm will rely heavily on fan funding and involvement. Here’s the plot description:
“Jeremiah -- you can call him Jerry, but he'll probably rip your limbs off if you do -- is a nasty guy with a bad attitude and a lever-action rifle to back that up. He's a human, but never really went to Earth. Born and raised in several intergalactic orphanaries with a bunch of aliens from all corners of the galaxy, he begun a career as a bounty hunter early, scoring his first kill before the age of 15. After that, the bodycount has been steadily rising, and by mid-30s, he has basically hunted down every imaginable race in the galaxy -- but not his own kind. See, he's the only human around as far as he knows, until he is assigned to Earth, a planet claimed to be lost thousands of years ago. And of course he finds himself from New York, chasing a bunch of alien criminals and a girl they kidnapped from the Most Important Man in the Universe.”
While that’s not the most blazingly original storyline we’ve ever heard, the proof-of-concept clip is still pretty cool in a low-budget B-movie sort of way. Gamers will probably pick up on the Duke Nukem vibe Jeremiah gives off – from the way he talks to some of his one-liners. Thankfully, the clip doesn’t go full Duke – sparing us all from the cheesy innuendo that populates the dialogue in those games. Instead, Jeremiah Harm mostly sounds like a hard-boiled sci-fi detective story here.
We’re cautiously optimistic about Jeremiah Harm’s prospects. We’d probably be more excited if we didn’t feel a bit burned by Iron Sky – another film that featured some awesome clips and selling points but never quite came together in the way we hoped. Can Vuorensola improve in this new outing? We hope so, but we’ll have to wait and see.