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The FIRE AND ICE movie poster/DVD cover, minus logo and text. Because Frazetta’s work speaks for itself…

This is the best news I’ve heard all week! Director Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY, GRINDHOUSE) announced his plans to remake Frazetta and Bakshi’s FIRE AND ICE, one of the greatest animated fantasy films ever made.

Rodriguez is working on a remake of FIRE AND ICE “that will present Frank Frazetta’s vision in the same way that SIN CITY presented Frank Miller’s vision.”

For those who don’t already know about it, FIRE AND ICE is a 1983 Ralph Bakshi movie that Frazetta designed and co-directed. Now Rodriguez “feels the technology exists to bring Frazetta’s vision to life properly.”

Does this mean a live-action version with Frazetta-inspired CGI realism? Sure sounds like it. Rodriguez told Entertainment Weekly: “I want it to look like you just stepped into one of his paintings, where you get to see his world, and how he saw people, anatomy, and composition and color. It will feel like it’s real, but not real. It’ll be his reality. He saw things differently. He painted from his imagination. He didn’t take a photograph and just paint it.”

51H68EM06ELEW also captured an official synopsis for Rodriguez’s film, which doesn’t yet have a production start date. From his stronghold in Ice Peak, the evil Nekron sends forth a wave of deadly glaciers, forcing humanity to retreat to Fire Keep, a kingdom ruled by a generous king. When King Jarol’s daughter Teegra is kidnapped, young warrior Larn teams with the mysterious and legendary Dark Wolf, to rescue the princess and the realm from Nekron’s evil sorcery.

Don’t wait for the remake—see the original if you haven’t experienced it yet.  It’s the closest thing we have (so far) to a Frazetta painting come to life.