Christmas 2013 has come and gone, but it’s never too early to start working on a draft of next year’s wish list. With only 362 shopping days until Christmas 2014, I’ve already found the dream gift that will top my list: I want to see Kung Fury get made.
Described by the producers as a “visually spectacular action comedy that has its foundation in 80s cop movies,” this retro fever dream has everything you could ever hope for in an independent production: kung fu, Vikings, evil gasmask-wearing Nazis, a Nintendo Power Glove, “time hacking,” dinosaurs, and a giant, shirtless, grey-bearded version of Thor.
According to /Film, David Sandberg, the director and star of the flick, quit his job and used his own money to bring his effects-heavy vision to life. But his cash has run out and now he’s taking to the internet to try to raise enough money to finish the film and either release a 30-minute version online for free (if they raise $200,000), or extend the film to a full-length feature and seek traditional distribution (if they somehow manage to raise $1,000,000). The movie’s official Kickstarter page offers potential backers a pretty great lineup of rewards, from the standard T-shirts and posters, to perks more befitting of a movie that features a kung-fu cop skating on a keyboard as he time travels, like appearing as an extra in the movie “fleeing from an Arcade Machine Robot on a laser shooting spree in downtown Miami” or the chance to own the actual hammer and helmet used by Thor in the film’s production.
Mark my words: A copy of this flick is going to be the hottest gift of the year in 2014. So get on the bandwagon while you can. Let’s do our part to help bring Kung Fury to life, BBN.