In a rush to see a post-apocalyptic, BMX-powered, blood-splattered love story that follows the epic journey of an orphaned outcast reluctant to be a hero in the wasteland of an alternate future? Then we recommend you book a flight to next year’s Sundance Film Festival which, it was announced today, will see the world premiere of Turbo Kid. Written and directed by the filmmaking trio known as RKSS (Anouk Whissell, François Simard, and Yoann-Karl Whissell) the film boasts both the talents of genre legend Michael Ironside and just that premise.
More specifically, according to the official synopsis, the film concerns, “The Kid, an orphaned outcast, who meets a mysterious girl. They become friends until Zeus, the sadistic leader of the Wasteland, kidnaps her. The Kid must face his fears, and journey to rid the Wasteland of evil and save the girl.”
“We always envisioned Turbo Kid to be like some lost crazy kids’ movie from the 1980s that’s somehow has just been rediscovered,” say RKSS, in a statement. “We wanted a love story with the exploitation elements we grew up with, a post-apocalyptic scenario, over-the-top gore FX, super turbo explosions and a few BMX tricks for good measure. We were going for a retro-inspired aesthetic, not just from an overall visual presentation, but from how the narrative unfolds. We wanted Turbo Kid to appeal to a whole new generation of warped kids (and crazy adults).”
The film is produced by EMA Films’ Anne-Marie Gélinas and Benoit Beaulieu and T&A Films’ Ant Timpson and Tim Riley and is executive produced by Hobo with a Shotgun director Jason Eisener, Epic Pictures Group’s Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson, Raven Banner’s Michael Paszt, and Curious Films’ Matt Noonan.
You can check out the teaser poster for Turbo Kid above and an exclusive still from the film below.