If you saw The Empire Strikes Back in Europe or Australia, you also got to see the 25-minute short Black Angel. If you didn’t catch it then, you may have seen it when it resurfaced online last month. And if you still haven’t seen it, maybe a new, full-length version will be more your speed.
Black Angel was a ground-breaking short when it first appeared, influencing Legend and Excalibur. It was directed by Star Wars art director Roger Christian, who will write and direct the new version. The original followed a knight who, on his way back from the Crusades, finds himself rescuing a princess from a supernatural realm. While the 25-minute version was shot for $38,000, Christian’s got $15 million for the remake from Carnaby International, as well as a $100,000 Indiegogo campaign.
Already on board are Laura Weissbecker, Rutger Hauer, and John Rhys-Davies as warrior-princess Kyna, King Aeolous, and High Priest Sirdar, respectively. Still uncast is Sir Maddox, the knight sent on the “defeat evil” quest.
It’s going to be interesting to see what Christian does with Black Angel, which employed revolutionary filming techniques when it first came out. Christian is confident he can make an epic with $15 million, telling The Hollywood Reporter, “I’m going down and dirty, I want the audience to smell the blood and the sweat and the tears. I’ll be doing fights in mud and rain.” We kind of believe that he can work miracles here, just like last time.