Last weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con, director Robert Rodriguez confirmed that his planned live-action remake of the animated fantasy Fire And Ice was still on track and pre-production work was being done.
EW offers up a look at some of that production art (click on each picture below for a larger view.)and it definitely appears like Rodriguez is going to preserve the style of fantasy illustrator Frank Frazetta, who collaborated with director Ralph Bakshi to create the original film. If anything, it sounds like Rodriguez is taking a page from his own film Sin City and his collaboration with that comic’s creator Frank Miller for his approach here –
I want it to look like you just stepped into one of his [Frazetta’s] paintings, where you get to see his world, and how he saw people, anatomy, and composition and color. It will feel like it’s real, but not real. It’ll be his reality. He saw things differently. He painted from his imagination. He didn’t take a photograph and just paint it.
Here’s the official plot description of the film –
From his stronghold in Ice Peak, the evil Nekron sends forth a wave of deadly glaciers, forcing humanity to retreat to Fire Keep, a kingdom ruled by a generous king. When King Jarol’s daughter Teegra is kidnapped, young warrior Larn teams with the mysterious and legendary Dark Wolf, to rescue the princess and the realm from Nekron’s evil sorcery.
If all goes to plan, Rodriguez hopes to be in production on the film in early 2012.