This is the best news we’ve heard all day. You knew that this was too good to just be a short. A little while back we told you about a crew trying to crowdsource enough cash to make a short film, Portal toHell, about a plumber, played by legendary wrestler and They Live star “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who battles H.P. Lovecrafts’ most horrific creation, Cthulhu. As awesome as that sounds, it’s still only a short. Or at least it was. The Canadian film just got a massive upgrade as Raven Banner Entertainment stepped in and said, “No, guys, this is too brilliant a concept not to be a feature,” and Portal to Hell is going to be a full length motion picture.
According to Twitch, the film will tell an expanded version original story, which, again, has the most badass plumber in the world taking on one of the Great Old Ones. Piper’s Jack, along with a cobbled together group of unlikely heroes, will travel to R’lyeh to take on Cthulhu on his home field, and that sounds just about perfect to us.
Here’s what they have to say about the whole situation:
It's crazy and amazing. We're still in the middle of our Indiegogo campaign to raise money for the short film, and now we're gaining major interest for the feature version," says executive producer Andrew Rosen. "This boost in confidence will give our proof-of-concept short even more value when putting the feature package together. We're ecstatic to have great companies like XYZ Films and Raven Banner behind PORTAL TO HELL!
We've been like a bunch of kids in the playground, with our hands up wanting to join the game!" states Raven Banner's Managing Partner Michael Paszt. "What excited us most about the Indiegogo campaign was the team the producers assembled - particularly director Vivieno Caldinelli, writer Matt Watts, and special effects wizard Steve Kostanski. That, combined with their genuine passion for genre films, was the tipping point for us to want to be a part of Portal to Hell.
Raven Banner have been great friends of XYZ for years now and we're huge fans of the hard work they've done to champion quality genre film in Canada and around the world," says executive producer Todd Brown of XYZ Films. "Yes, it's a horrible pun to refer to this as a tag-team but we couldn't imagine a better partner to have in our corner for PORTAL TO HELL. We're very excited to work with Raven Banner to bring the film to the world.
Yeah, we’re pretty pumped about this one, so you can bet your ass we’ll be keeping an eye out for any and all updates in this realm.