August 30th, 2015 – 35 years after Hawk the Slayer astounded moviegoers with its iconic vision of sword and sorcery, its sequel has ventured onto Kickstarter on a quest for the final 20 percent of its budget. Writer and director Terry Marcel launched the crowdfunding campaign today to raise the $500,000 required to ensure filming can begin on the legendary long-awaited follow-up, Hawk the Hunter. Marcel is joined by other brave heroes willing to fight for his cause. Beloved rock musician Rick Wakeman, premier video game and comic book publishing studio Rebellion and returning actor Ray Charleson (Crow the Elf) have all pledged their services to Hawk the Hunter, in the hope that righteous Hawk the Slayer fans can pledge their coin in turn. In return, supporters of the campaign can lay their hands on the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to appear as extras in the upcoming movie! There are also other exclusive, bewitching rewards to claim, including a limited number of Mindsword replicas…
Charleson will play an ‘ancient tree elf’ in Hawk the Hunter, while Wakeman is signed up to produce the movie’s cinematic score from his Norfolk studio. Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley, a self-confessed “massive Hawk fan,” has agreed to create the film’s CGI as well as invest in the production. Pending a successful funding campaign, a Hawk video game and comic book is also in the works. In addition, London-based indpendent film and TV production company Westwood Productions Limited has partnered with Baltic Films to co-produce Hawk the Hunter. The movie will be shot at locations in Lithuania and England.
Hawk the Slayer will be screened at the Dragoncon Sci Fi Convention, Atlanta, GA and the Alamo Theatre, Denver Colorado over Labor Day weekend with Marcel introducing the screenings by video message.
The original Hawk the Slayer was a low budget British independent movie, released by Lou Grade’s ITC in 1980, which gained cult status over the ensuing years. It starred Jack Palance (Shane) and John Terry (Lost), alongside an impressive ‘who’s who’ of British actors including Bernard Bresslaw, Roy Kinnear, Warren Clarke, Patricia Quinn, and Annette Crosbie. The movie is still very much a firm favourite of many people within the film and music industry, such as Simon Pegg, Bill Bailey, Sean Maguire and Gary Whitta. Not forgetting the legions of Hawk the Slayer fans across the world who’ve been patiently asking about a sequel for many a year. With their help, Hawk’s hunt can finally begin.