Note: This page is about a film that is not yet released. Because of this, all details are subject to change without notice until the film's release date arrives.Pharaoh's Quest: The Curse of Amset-Ra is an upcoming animated film and Mustache Maniacs Film Co.'s first foray into animated historical fiction. It is the fifth film in Project U and is based on LEGO's Pharaoh's Quest building sets.
Film Details Edit
- Release Date: Not Yet Released
- Running Time: n/a
- MPAA Rating: n/a
- Director: Andrew Bermudez
- Producer: Andrew Bermudez
- Writer: Andrew Bermudez
Plot Summary Edit
Contents currently confidential.
Production History Edit
The idea of creating a film based on the Pharaoh's Quest LEGO sets is almost as old as the LEGO theme itself. However, since interactive adventures were being heavily explored at this time (a development that would eventually lead to both The Lost Ruby: An Interactive Adventure and Shady Acres Super Sleuth), the original version of the film was actually going to be a game, where players could explore the environment and fight Amset-Ra and his mummy army. However, as the technology to match the vision had not yet been fully explored, coupled with a eventual disdain for the concept, the game idea was scrapped by Summer 2011.
However, in a 2012 survey, fan response showed that people were very interested in a Pharaoh's Quest-based film, with that theme out-performing all of the other themes in the survey. Because of this, work on writing a more traditional film adaption started in Fall 2012, most of which used the original script file for the interactive version. While this did cause some writing problems, since all of the information about player interactivity had to be written out, the first script was finished early in 2013.
Filming itself wouldn't start until April 8, 2016, mostly due to complications with finishing production for Alpha Team: Mission Deep Jungle, but the script did see one major change just before then. Most people mistakenly think that Johnny Thunder and the Secret of Marco Polo takes place in the 1930's when it actually takes place in the present day (as in 2008), and have subsequently accused the film of not accurately representing a time period that the film doesn't actually take place in. To strongly clarify this and also to accurately represent 1924, the script for this film was rewritten again to make it as historically accurate to 1917 Beersheba and 1924 Egypt as possible. This consisted of line tweaks, extensive research, and accurately-built models. Even the poster was designed to evoke 1920's travel posters.
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- Jake Raines (Michael Whalen)
- Mac McCloud (Alan Hom)
- Professor Archibald Hale (William Osborne)
- Helena Skvalling (Teresa Bermudez)
- Amset-Ra (Dylan Johnson)
- Col. Hawking (Dylan Johnson)
- Mummy Snake Charmer (Alex Hoxie)
- Supervisor (Al Bermudez)
- Chariot Driver (Andrew Bermudez)
- Angry Peasant (Daniel Bermudez)
- Sorcerer (Andrew Bermudez)
- Dr. Hiram Aziz (Steve Hoxie)
- Museum Director (Andrew Adkins)
- Andrew Bermudez - Writer; Director; Animator; Voice Actor; Editor
- Daniel Bermudez - Voice Actor
- Teresa Bermudez - Assistant Writer; Voice Actor
- Al Bermudez - Voice Actor
- Michael Whalen - Voice Actor
- Alan Hom - Voice Actor
- William Osborne - Voice Actor
- Dylan Johnson - Voice Actor
- Alex Hoxie - Voice Actor
- Steve Hoxie - Voice Actor
- Andrew Adkins - Voice Actor
- Out of all of Mustache Maniacs Film Co.'s film adaptions, this one is the most faithful to its source material.
- Throughout the Pharaoh's Quest product line's run, Daniel Bermudez frequently commented on how the theme was a blatant rip-off of The Mummy. When the script was first penned in 2011/2012, Andrew Bermudez took this comparison and ran with it.
- The battle at the beginning of the film represents the Battle for Beersheba, a real-life World War 1 battle.
- Despite its fantastic story, director Andrew Bermudez emphasized historical accuracy throughout. The uniforms for the soldiers were thoroughly researched, builds made just for the film were modeled after their real-life counterparts, and a dictionary of 1920's slang was consulted for writing Jake's and Helena's dialogue.
- The first teaser for this film debuted at Chroniclers' Convergence 2016, the first time that Mustache Maniacs Film Co. has used an outside event to promote one of its films.
- This film is Mustache Maniacs Film Co.'s first flagship film to not have a promotional tagline on the official poster.
- The second trailer for this film is scheduled to be released on October 31, 2017, the 100th anniversary of the actual Battle of Beersheba.