Star Wars‘ fans will have more of the classic film series, it has been revealed. Black Angel will be the next installment in the franchise, it was originally shown as a short film on the big screens in 1980 together with the movie The Empire Strikes Back. The original negatives were presumed lost and the film wasn’t included in the VHS and DVD releases of The Empire Strikes Back, but after they were found and released on iTunes, a full length adaptation has been agreed.
The first showing was a 25-minute short film, but it will now become a full length feature film. Black Angel is a fantasy Crusade-era film in similar elk to The Lord of The Rings, Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games, and is going to be written and directed by Oscar Award winner Roger Christian, who also worked on Star Wars films Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace. It will star actors John Rhys Davies (The Lord of the Rings) and Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner).
The production budget for Black Angel in 1980 was £25,000, and for this full length adaptation, the team is asking for donations on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, in a bid to gather $100,000. Production is intended to start in September this year and filming locations will include Scotland, Hungary, Morocco and Belgium. Support the making of the movie here.