If the name Fire and Ice makes you think of a figure skating duo or Will Ferrell’s movie Blades of Glory get your head out of the clouds! We’re referring to Ralph Bakshi and Frank Frazetta’s animated feature from 1983. It had a Conan the Barbarian and Vampirella vibe mixed with a little bit of Beast Master for good measure. According to AICN, Robert Rodriguez has acquired the rights to the original and is getting ready to produce a remake at his TroubleMaker Studios.
Here’s what Rodriguez told AICN,
The awesome Ralph Bakshi and I have been working it out for a while, and [Fire and Ice is] now a TROUBLEMAKER STUDIOS PICTURE. What’s cool is, unlike past projects that I’d get involved with that would get stalled for various reasons, I control the rights to this one. So it’s actually in my power to set it up and get it made, which wasn’t the case on other projects.
The original film was written by Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas and is described as one of the “most startling animation epics of all time.” We’re not sure how much we agree with that sentiment but it was a decent movie. Let’s put it this way, if it came on TV on a Saturday afternoon we wouldn’t change the channel.
Here’s the film’s original trailer:
We’re not sure what long term plans Rodriguez has for Fire and Ice but whatever he does it better be good. In the next few years we’ll see the Conan remake and the adaptation of John Carter of Mars hit the big screen. Those are two films that share very similar themes so the competition will be thick!
What do you think of Rodriguez’s decision to produce Fire and Ice? Are you interested in seeing a remake?