'Panzer 88': Nazi Tank Guys Vs. Supernatural Demon Things

August 25, 2010

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If no one wants to pay for another Hellboy, why not just take the supernatural and Nazi elements of that series but replace the tank-like demonic protagonist with an actual goddamn tank? Sure enough, that's what Hellboy co-writer Peter Briggs is doing, directing and sharing script credit on Panzer 88, an upcoming supernatural horror film about "the five-man German crew of the Ilsa -- a King Tiger, the biggest tank of its day -- on a mission to the frigid and fearsome Russian border, where they tread into an ancient mystery by stirring a powerful entity." Briggs and producer Gary Kurtz, who recently decided to speak up about how much he hates Ewoks, gave an interview to the LA Times about the project, and it's sounding pret-ty alright. The two are hoping to make something akin to Das Boot, only in a tank, and with ghostly things, and on a budget of $20 million--a lot of which is probably going to paying the special effects big boys at Weta to do the big-ass, armor-covered lava demon the concept art (above) seems to imply will be present. I mean, rendering a big-ass, armored lava demon bending the gun of a tank with his ghost strength has to cost at least a few million a shot, right?

(Thanks, McD.)

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