In 1983 20th Century Fox released the cult classic Fire & Ice. The film was a collaboration between fantasy artist Frank Frazetta, known for illustrating Conan the Barbarian, John Carter of Mars, Tarzan etc., and his friend animation director Ralph Bakshi, known for films like Fritz the Cat, Wizards, American Pop and more.
The film was an animated dark fantasy adventure in a similar style to 1982’s Conan the Barbarian with Arnold Schwarzenegger. It released on August 26th, 1983 and was sadly a flop, only making $860,000 on a $1.2 Million budget.
Despite this the film has become a cult classic along with similar animated dark fantasy/science fiction films like Heavy Metal, Starchaser: The Legend of Orin and Gandahar. Even Director Robert Rodriguez has been trying to get a live action remake off the ground since 2010.
Now nearly 40 years later it has been announced that comic book company Dynamite Entertainment has acquired the rights to produce a comic book adaptation of the classic film.
Dynamite’s CEO Nick Barrucci stated in the announcement:
“Fire and Ice is a seminal classic animated feature that is beloved by fans and creators alike. In having discussions with Sara Frazetta, and having brought up my love of the movie, she stated that we could have further conversations with Joe Weber, Sara Frazetta, and Eddie Bakshi to see if we could work on a creative direction that everyone would be happy with to expand on the series.“
“It was important to all of us that we bring something new and grew the fantastic tapestry that came before. Fortunately we all agreed on the direction of the series, and are bringing the fans the back story of these incredible characters that will build on the movie. Then when the opportunity came to release a game based on the movie, that was just icing on the cake.“
“I speak for myself and the team at Dynamite when I say that we are honored to work with the Frazetta family who are comic book royalty, and the legacy of the Bakshi family. We can’t wait for fans and retailers to see the series as it’s released.“
The comic will release in 2023 in time for the film’s 40th anniversary.
Source: Bleeding Cool
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