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Gary Oldman and Jay Baruchel to battle evil in the World War II set Panzer 88

Nov. 8, 2013by: Alex Maidy
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Despite sharing some screen time in next year's ROBOCOP reboot, Gary Oldman and Jay Baruchel will team up for a darker story in PANZER 88. The World War II set horror movie will follow the recent trend of supernatural action movies like R.I.P.D. and the recently announced SEAL TEAM 666. This film will feature an adversary not often seen in the genre.

Here is the plot breakdown according to Bloody Disgusting:

Panzer 88 is set in 1944, as the German Army is pulling their forces out of Eastern Russia, and follows a beaten but unbroken 5-man crew of the German King Tiger tank dubbed Ilsa, retreating across an icy tundra. When they pick up a stranded SS officer involved in the massacre of a local Jewish village, they unwittingly enter into battle against an unstoppable golem-like creature that will stop at nothing to see them die. It continues to sound intriguing, and picturing those three actors as part of the crew makes it sound too good to be true.

The Golem is a cool creature and could make for a nice big screen monster if done correctly. Peter Briggs will direct PANZER 88 and producer Gary Kurtz will help bring it to fruition. There is no studio attached at this time which could be a bad sign. Gary Oldman certainly is a popular actor and appears in a lot of big projects, but he is also known to sign up for mediocre direct-to-Blu-ray fare as well.

PANZER 88 will also star Thomas Kretschmann and could be a nice addition to the WWII sub-genre of horror like Michael Mann's THE KEEP, HELLBOY, and DEAD SNOW.

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8:04PM on 11/08/2013
So... Kinda like the supernatural version of THE BEAST, then?
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So... Kinda like the supernatural version of THE BEAST, then?
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4:30PM on 11/08/2013

At last!!!

I've been following this project since my AITH days (circa 2010) and It's a real joy to see movement. I'm fascinated with seeing this story come alive. Many German soldiers didn't support the Nazi party so it'll be fascinating to finally get to see a time in the eyes of soldiers just trying to get home. I don't think this will showcase black and white archetypes but something a bit more complex. Let's see a concept trailer!!!
I've been following this project since my AITH days (circa 2010) and It's a real joy to see movement. I'm fascinated with seeing this story come alive. Many German soldiers didn't support the Nazi party so it'll be fascinating to finally get to see a time in the eyes of soldiers just trying to get home. I don't think this will showcase black and white archetypes but something a bit more complex. Let's see a concept trailer!!!
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3:54PM on 11/08/2013
Seems interesting, though this is probably not going to see the light of day or protested to hell, given the story is Nazi as the protagonists, while the Jewish are the antagonists (indirectly)
Seems interesting, though this is probably not going to see the light of day or protested to hell, given the story is Nazi as the protagonists, while the Jewish are the antagonists (indirectly)
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4:05PM on 11/08/2013
From the description, the SS officer will be the real bad guy, as it'll be his crimes that bring about the golem's vengeance. Think of it as like making a whole movie out of the last five minutes of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
From the description, the SS officer will be the real bad guy, as it'll be his crimes that bring about the golem's vengeance. Think of it as like making a whole movie out of the last five minutes of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
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3:50PM on 11/08/2013

Half way through the plot breakdown

Well, that was unexpected.
Well, that was unexpected.
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