It's confirmed - Weird World War 2 is the new Black... Sun.
|Outpost II - Black Sun. Theatrical Poster|
We loved 2008's Outpost. It came out of nowhere small budget affair put together by one of the closest knit production teams is movie history. It was filmed for the most part in a location not much bigger than a primary school gymnasium and starred Ray Stevenson (Rome).
|Outpost - Christie's '10 Little Indians' in a Nazi Bunker.|
Whilst many felt it suffered a little from cliched characters the end result was dark and gritty with the oppressive feel of a 1940's bunker. It was well performed a delivered a healthy enough dose of Weird World War 2 to whet the appetite for a the genre is is destined to be. Whilst the film was touted as a 'ghost story' with no mention of zombies, there was no escaping how the fans re-imagined it.
The popularity of Weird World War 2 is growing. But let's be honest, as a genre of it's own, it is still in its infancy.
|Unmistakable silhouette. Image from the official Outpost II: Black Sun Facebook page.|
Tabletop and board games such as the incredible Incursion from Grindhouse Games and Secrets of The Third Reich by West Wind Productions are creeping into more than just a niche market. In film the subject has been touched on by Spielberg, in Raiders, Del Toro, in Hellboy and Snyder in Suckerpunch, with more to follow soon. Something tells us it won't be long before we find diesel-punk zombies and war-walkers in cereal boxes and prime-time reality TV shows... perhaps. We think Treyarch may have a lot to answer for.
|Outpost II - Nazi Zombies - image from the official Outpost II Facebook page|
3 years in the making
After a year writing and 8 months financing the feature Steve Barker has returned once again to direct and co-write with fellow original team member Rae Brunton. They recently finished the 28 day shoot.
|Outpost II: Black Sun|
Outpost 2: Black Sun synopsis
The year is 1945, the closing stages of WW2, and a German scientist by the name of Klausener is working on frightening new technology with the power to create an immortal Nazi army. Flash forward to present day, and a NATO task force is hurriedly deployed to Eastern Europe, where a sinister enemy appears to be mercilessly killing everything in its path. But this is no ordinary foe. Only Helena, a gutsy investigator on the trail of notorious war-criminal Klausener, accepts the reality of what they are facing, a battalion of Nazi Storm-Troopers, a veritable zombie army on the march. With the help of Wallace, a man who’s been chasing Nazi secrets for years, the two of them team up with a Special Forces Unit to venture deep behind enemy lines. Their mission to fight their way back to the source of this evil army and prevent the seemingly inevitable rise of the 4th Reich.
There's not trailer as yet, but it's almost on us and the fans were right about the first movie - it's zombies, not ghosts.
Find out more at the official Outpost II: Black Sun Facebook page and expect to see an early 2012 release for the movie in the UK.