Robin Hardy, director of the original The Wicker Man and its sequel The Wicker Tree (pictured), has entered into the financing stage of Wrath of the Gods, the final installment in his "wicker" trilogy.
It sounds like Hardy still has a long way to go before the film is made, however, he tells Screen Daily that he hopes to have the film delivered sometime next year.
In a 2011 exclusive interview here at Shock, Hardy told us a bit about the project.
"This next film is divided into two parts," Hardy said. "There's a story about a Hollywood studio executive who decides to create a theme park based on the Norse sagas which, as we all know, originated in Iceland. That mythology is based on certain historical facts familiar to all Scandinavian peoples, along with the Germans, Austrians, Swiss and Dutch. These sagas inspired (German composer) Wilhelm Richard Wagner's great operatic Ring Cycle, the last entitled The Twilight of the Gods."
He added: "That's what I have adapted - very, very loosely - as the final story in this trilogy because, ultimately, it's what happens to the gods, not just to the people who are offering sacrifices to them. The gods themselves get sucked into the melee in the third film. I looked for a suitable carapace to put that in and the last act of the Ring cycle seems to work very well â€“ and it allows me to mix full-blast Wagner."
We'll keep you posted as the project comes together.