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Sequel to long delayed Finnish sci-fi comedy 'Iron Sky' to premiere in 2019

The second film in the sci-fi Nazi parody series has been delayed by a legal challenge as well as difficulty attracting financing.

German-born actor Udo Kier appears in the Iron Sky sequel. Image: Tomi Tuuliranta

The creators of the Nazi-themed space sci-fi comedy film Iron Sky say that the film’s improbable premise will be back in a sequel due to be released on 16 January 2019.

Titled Iron Sky: The Coming Race, the film will premiere in Finland before being released internationally. So far, the movie has been sold in Germany, France, the UK, China, India and Japan.

Shooting for the film wrapped up as far back as 2015, but the release was delayed when financial difficulties held up post-production work.

The next delay in the sequel’s saga came in the form of a legal challenge over copyright violations brought by a group of animators who worked on the first film. However in May this year, Finland’s Market Court ruled in favour of the production company Iron Sky Universe.

The creators say they have since made modifications to the film.

"We showed a version to fans and based on their feedback we shot an additional scene," director Timo Vuorensola said in a statement.

By Finnish standards, the budget for the second instalment in the franchise – some 20 million euros – is significant. Investors include the US-based film financing company 120 db Films as well as a group of Finnish backers and Indiegogo crowdfunders.

The first film in the Iron Sky series was directed by Vuorensola and relates the adventures of a comic group of German Nazis planning to conquer Earth after 70 years hiding on the moon.

The follow-up tracks the exiles as they pursue their dastardly enterprise. Special effects show the handiwork of Pixmondo, the Frankfurt-based visual effects company behind blockbuster shows such as Game of Thrones.