Punk rock legend Iggy Pop has found himself in the middle of yet another foray into the world of film. This time the aging rockstar will be tackling the lead role in Italian horror director Dario Argento’s spine chilling The Sandman.
The movie itself is based on Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann’s germanic novel Der Sandman and centres on the characters of Nathan, a young student and a psychotic serail killer, the Sandman. The Sandman and Nathan already have a blood spattered history together after a terrifying incident one Christmas eve during Nathan’s Childhood. After closer inspection it seems Nathan has plenty of reason to fear the sandman, a manic villian who’s trademark involves gauging out the eyes of victims who refuse to sleep.
The duo have been taking full advantage of crowdfunding site Indiegogo in an attempt to attain some additional funding of $250,000 for the picture. Donor incentives range from signed posters all the way to a producer credit and the chance to appear in a pinnacle scene with punk icon Iggy Pop himself.
Rolling Stone reported on Argento’s justification for the film, quoting him in a video statement.
“I am tired of these Christmas movies showing goodness, beauty, snowflakes, sleds pulled by reindeer. I’d rather have a Christmas movie where there is also strength, violence, horror, and this is what I’m going to do.”
With few other announcements concerning the production of The Sandman it is hard to speculate too much, however producers aim to begin filming in 2015 in and around Ontario, Canada.