Finland-based Gothic metal group Nightwish have spent the past three years planning a combination of major motion picture and concept album titled Imaginarium... and now according to a new announcement on the band's official site, the film is ready to go before the cameras next month. We've got all the info from that update and more – including their plans to promote the album and movie with a major appearance in the US – so hit the jump and see what's up!
With a budget of $3.7 million (partially funded by a grant from the Finnish Film Foundation), Imaginarium tells the tale of a dying man who travels back to his childhood with the power of his imagination in an attempt to cheat death. The story is based on a concept by Nightwish songwriter Tuomas Holopainen, who worked on the script with director Stobe Harju.
"The script is fantastic," the band declared in the new update. "It's about life, and the little spark of light you see during the darkest and most hopeless times. The same spark we've had to find over and over again during the process of making this film happen." With production scheduled to begin next month, the band and filmmakers are now heavily involved in the creation of props, costumes, effects and rehearsals, as well as adapting songs from the album into the film's score. Casting is also complete, although the band is keeping the actors' names secret for now.
While the movie release plans are still up in the air, the now-completed album is tentatively scheduled to drop in early 2012. The first single – and a trailer for the movie – are also set for release before the end of this year, and the band is planning a massive stage show at Universal City, CA on January 21st to kick off their promotional tour for the album and film. Stay tuned for more updates as they roll in!