Maybe you remember us showing you the Black Angel Short Film way back in March of last year. It was created as a companion to Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back when it debuted in 1980, and was shown before that film for a very limited time during its initial theatrical run. It was believed to be 'lost' for many years, but resurfaced as Star Wars: The Force Awakens set out to rejuvenated the sci-fi franchise. Now, creator of that short, Roger Christian, is coming back to write and direct a full length feature film based on Black Angel. The Black Angel movie will star Rutger Hauer and John Rhys-Davies.
"It's my passion project, has been for 35-36 years. I guess 'patience is a virtue' is a true saying."
You can contribute to Indiegogo for your chance to be part of film history. Prizes in helping to fund the fantasy adventure include a walk-on role, an on-set experience, and neatest of all, an original film negative from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. The original Black Angel only played in very select markets. While not too many people saw it, or remember that they did see it, it was well received at the time and helped influence future fantasy movies. Shortly after it debuted on the big screen, all copies were seemingly lost until, in 2011, a Universal Studios archivist happened upon a negative. An effort was quickly in place to restore the short, and it 're-premiered' at the Mill Valley Film Festival in 2013, before making its way online.
Running 25 minutes, Black Angel was shot in Scotland on a small budget. It followed a medieval knight who must battle the 'Black Angel' to rescue a beautiful maiden. The Black Angel movie is looking to shoot on a budget of $15 million. The feature length version is described as such:
Rutger Hauer is set to play High Priest Sirdar, with John Rhys-Davies taking on the role of King Aeolus. Laura Weissbecker, perhaps best known for CZ12 and Arena, is set to play warrior princess Kyna. More cast additions will be announced at a later date. Before making the Black Angel short, Roger Christian won an Oscar for set design on Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Since then, he has worked on Battlefield Earth and Prisoners of the Sun.
George Lucas is not involved with the production of the film. Harald Reichebner is producing alongside Sean O'Kelly, Alex Tate, and Andrew Loveday. Black Angel will begin shooting for 8 weeks later this year, with the crew traveling to Scotland, Hungary, Morocco, and Belgium. Here is the original short in its entirety: