Giant ants on a rampage!
No, it’s not the 1950s’ classic monster film Them! It’s a popular Amiga computer game that was brought out by Cinemaware in 1989 — and it’s soon to be reborn as a Finnish feature film from Nordic Genre Invasion! and Roger Pictures, directed by Marko Mäkilaakso (War of the Dead).
When asked about the proposed film version of It Came from the Desert, director Marko Mäkilaakso commented that he couldn’t say much at the moment, but shooting is planned for Almeria, Spain during spring 2015. He described the film as “a desert, motocross action, horror, comedy with giant spiders!” — the story of Brian and Lukas’ wild adventure in the desert.
But what about the ants — the Them!-inspired antagonists of the Amiga game?
Backbrain interviewer Avery Guerra queried whether the giant ants from the original were being totally replaced by giant spiders. Replied Mäkilaakso enigmatically: “Well, yes and no regarding the ants, but I will leave it at that for now!”
It Came from the Desert is to be be written by Hank Woon Jr and Marko Mäkilaakso and produced by Teemu Virta. No cast has been announced just yet. Its projected release date is late 2015 or 2016.
Source: Marko Mäkilaakso via Avery Guerra. Nordic Genre Invasion website.