Robert Rodriguez's sexy concept art for 'Fire and Ice' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS


Muscular heroes, seductive heroines and revolting monsters and villains — this is how the late artist Frank Frazetta helped define the sci-fi/fantasy genre with his paintings for the covers of pulp fiction books, movie posters and eventually his own stories.

At Comic-Con, director Robert Rodriguez announced plans to create a live-action film of Fire and Ice, based on the work of Frazetta, who died last year at age 82. The artist’s work previously inspired an animated version of the story in 1983, directed by Ralph Bakshi (The Lord of the Rings, the 1960s Spider-Man TV cartoon). That Fire and Ice is beloved among fantasy aficionados and grown-up kids of the 1980s, but has largely fallen out of the pop-culture consciousness.

Much like his partnership with another famous Frank — i.e., Frank Miller, whose Sin City books inspired that 2005 neo-noir thriller — Rodriguez intends to join his work with Frazetta’s style to bring to life the sword-and-sorcery story of survivors in a land destroyed by a mystical ice age.

“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,” Rodriguez told EW. “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.” Check out our exclusive look at the concept art for the movie below.

These Fire and Ice images were created by Rodriguez and his team at Quick Draw Entertainment, which is producing the film. Here’s the official synopsis for the movie, which Rodriguez aims to start in early 2012:

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.

Click each image to enlarge:

Larn and Teegra, striking a pose on a rocky peak. (Either that or its a He-Man and Slave Leia heading home from Comic-Con.)

Dark Wolf battles an army of Nekron’s sub-human creatures on another peak. (Man, this world sure has pointy terrain.)

Princess Teegra, hanging out at home with her pets. She’s kind of a cat-lady, I’d say.

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  • Captain Obvious

    Frazetta is probably more known for his 1960s Tarzan and Conan pulp novel covers than the cool oil paintings he did of naked buxom women and overly muscled men among wild beasts . In fact one of his paintings IS the scene with Salma Hayak dancing with the white python in from Dusk Til Dawn . His son owns a very cool costume shop called Frazettas Fantasy Corner in East Stroudsburg PA . They used to rent out 4 hearses for Halloween . How cool is THAT !

  • Dr. Ronald Chevalier

    As I sit before the hearth in my log cabin listening to the call of the wild coyotes and waiting for my agent to call I cannot help but be distressed that this Rodriguez fellow has usurped my most recent novel for his own nefarious purposes. These pictures clearly depict the world created by myself: Dr. Ronald Chevalier, in the penultimate tome of my Space Harpies saga. I will be contacting my legal advisor immediately to rectify this situation. And be sure to purchase “Beast of Enoch Seven,” out in trade paperback now in a Costco near you.

    • Anthony Breznican

      I wish you would comment on every story. Your explanation of why a troll can never be named “teacup” is on par with Jonathan Swift.

      • JTA

        He’s quoting Gentleman Broncos.

  • kremzeek!

    the animated Fire And Ice is a classic and dark olf was badass.i got into it waaay back when it came out.Fire And Ice,Heavy Metal,and American Pop are FAR superior to that disney crap.

  • Dr. Ronald Chevalier

    Lydia, I cannot tut-tut you enough for so blatantly plagiarizing my words in your inflammatory post advertising live game hunts with poor defenseless cougars on the “planet Andromeda”; as every auteur knows Andromeda is not a planet and is in fact a galactic entity constructed of multiple planetary bodies. It is certainly not a dating sight for big cat hunters. You disgust me, Lydia. But you also intrigue me. If you should ever find yourself among the golden buttes of the city of Salt Lakes then I, Dr. Ronald Chevalier, do invite you for mulled wine and brie in my log cabin studio. You are a confouding creature. I am of a mind to use your likeness for the cover of my next book: “The Fanged Leprechauns of Destinaeus.”

  • Gail McCarthy-Khushu

    Sign me up !! i’d love to be a Kick Ass Extra!
    I’d love to be in the movie of Fire and Ice !
    I’m a Spartan Race Mama!!

  • Apos

    Yes please!

  • The Chic Geek

    I hope Rodriguez gets this done, but I’m not counting on it. He dropped the ball on Sin City 2 and Red Sonja.

    • Monty

      It was allegedly a coke problem as well as his affair and subsequent breakup with Rose Mcgown that ended Red Sonja…

      • Tristan Elwell

        Dear Hollywood-Industrial Complex:
        It’s great that you’ve realized the promotional value of releasing concept/production art for your products, now how about crediting THE ACTUAL ARTISTS? “These Fire and Ice images were created by Rodriguez and his team at Quick Draw Entertainment,” huh? So, which brushstrokes did Rodriguez put down, exactly?

      • nacho libre

        who hasn’t been with hose mcgowan …

  • The Bo

    Fire And Ice was awesome with excellent animation. No real need for a re-do but that’s all the rage these days.

  • Phillip Lozano

    This story includes this EXTREMELY misleading line: “The artist’s work previously inspired an animated version of the story in 1983, directed by Ralph Bakshi (The Lord of the Rings, the 1960s Spider-Man TV cartoon).”

    “Insipred an animated VERSION of the story”? There WAS NO STORY before the Bakshi “animated version.” Frazetta and Bakshi designed the whole thing from scratch FOR the “animated version” – Frazetta was the producer, and veteran “Conan” comic book scribes Gerry Conway and Roy Thomas wrote the original screenplay. This isn’t “Sin City,” where there was a comic book/graphic novel before – the whole thing was an original creation just for the “animated version.”

    You might not dig Bakshi, but give credit where credit is due.

  • Dave

    I don’t think Robert Rodriguez did these images… Looks like Justin Sweet to me <3

  • Charlie

    I believe that it was National Lampoon that divided Frazetta’s work into 2 schools; “Tits & Lizards” and “Troglodytes Coming Down from the Hills for White Women.”

  • Leo

    Sin City 2, please?

  • Luby Hoover

    Dwayne Johnson as Darkwolf(watch Faster and Doom)
    Cillian Murphy as Nekron
    Jeremy Renner as Larn or Teegra’s Brother
    Olivia Wilde as Teegra (I just want to see her in that outfit)
    ANthony Hopkins as King Jerol maybe?
    Angelina Jolie as Queen Juliana

    • Voidrider

      Great picks but I would get a blonde male for Larn.

  • Luby Hoover

    Actually, Jeff Bridges as Jerol.

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