The year was 1994. Full Moon founder Charles Band and legendary stop-motion animation effects artist David Allen set out to make what would be the biggest and most ambitious Full Moon movie to date, The Primevals, a long in development passion project of Allen's that he directed in Romania and the Italian Alps with a large cast and larger than life sets.
Band and Allen planned for a long post-production period in which Allen would create hundreds of intricately designed and animated effects shots. But when Allen fell ill and passed away in 1999, the highly anticipated film sat unfinished, with Full Moon fans all over the world wondering if they would ever be able to see Allen's now-mythical magnum opus.
This week, Full Moon has launched an Indiegogo campaign, seeking $175,000 to make the film finally happen! With a release planned for 2019.
The Primevals fundraising campaign details, “Finishing The Primevals exactly how David had envisioned it to look and feel, would require – by today’s standards – a Herculean post-production budget that we simply do not have access to. And while completing the picture will require some compromises, we nevertheless plan to deliver a version that is as close to David’s ambitious, grandiose design as possible, based on the resources that have and will become available to us. You NEED to see what has been filmed. And you WILL.”
“When released, The Primevals Special Edition Blu-ray set will feature two alternate edits of the film. The first will be the new, completed cut overseen by producer Charles Band. The second will be the “director’s cut”– faithfully assembled as David Allen intended and containing special animatic storyboards representing the unrealized shots. Both films will make for a fascinating comparative study, creating the definitive The Primevals experience. A third disc will premiere a feature-length documentary from Daniel Griffith of Ballyhoo Motion Pictures loaded with never before available behind the scenes and archival footage from the many years of this film’s amazing journey.”
If you'd like to help out, check out the Indiegogo campaign to contribute and learn more!
Also, be sure to check out the launch trailer and images from Bloody Disgusting below.