Rebellion backs Hawk the Slayer sequel

Hawk the Hunter, the sequel to legendary swords-and-sorcery film Hawk the Slayer, has moved a step closer to production – 35 years after the original film became a cult hit. And it seems like it might be getting a tie-in game too!

Game developer Rebellion has joined with writer and director Terry Marcel in a deal that will see a Kickstarter launched to part-fund the long-talked-about follow up film, which has been touted since the original film was released.

Rebellion will also invest in the movie, with Rebellion’s CEO Jason Kingsley and director Chris Kingsley acting as producers.

The Oxford-based company, renowned for games titles such as Aliens vs Predator and Sniper Elite, will assist in the Kickstarter campaign and has acquired the games and publishing rights to Hawk the Slayer.

The 1980 film, which starred John Terry and Jack Palance, has become a true cult classic (and is famously referred to in Simon Pegg, Jessica Hynes, and Edgar Wright’s seminal comedy Spaced).

“This is a dream come true,” Marcel said. “I’m delighted to be working with a true fan of sword-and-sorcery whose talent means the possibilities for Hawk are endless – keep watching Hawk fans!”

Terry Marcel and Ray Charleson (who played Crow in Hawk the Slayer) reunite for Hawk the Hunter

Terry Marcel and Ray Charleson (who played Crow in Hawk the Slayer) reunite for Hawk the Hunter

“Hawk the Slayer was important to me as a boy, and has remained an important touchstone for me now as an adult,” added Kingsley. “It blazed a shining path of true sword and sorcery movie magic for others to follow. I am delighted, and slightly awed, to be part of the team helping to create more adventures for Hawk and his friends.”

UPDATE: The chance to fund Hawk the Hunter launches on 30 August 2015 – the same day Hawk the Slayer plays as part of the Retrospective selection at the 2015 FrightFest. The film is released on Blu-ray on 6 July 2015.

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