Iggy Pop film The Sandman set to fail to reach crowdfunding target

The movie has under 48 hours to raise $45,000

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The chances of seeing Iggy Pop star as the Sandman are looking less likely than ever before.

The rock star’s crowdfunded bid to make a horror film with Italian director Dario Argento is $45,000 short of reaching its goal with 48 hours to go.

The Sandman project has raised $119,147 of its $165,000 stated total on crowd-funding website indiegogo.com so far.

The film will tell the story of a young student who killed the Sandman years ago on Christmas Eve after witnessing the murder of his mother.

Iggy Pop and Argento promise the script will be “like none other”, with the rock star adding that the chance to work with the director would be “a dream come true”.


The pair are the latest celebrities to appeal to fans for money to support their project. In a description on their crowd-funding page, the duo said they needed to raise funds to make the film “their own way”. 

Iggy Pop said: “Dario and I want to make the film that we want to make our own way, and that means going direct to the people who have responded to our work for all these years….If people are so excited about this movie, let’s get them involved.”

The film is part-funded through tax credits as a Canadian-German co-production, but the two state it is “not enough to make the film”.

Argento, whose previous horror films include Suspiria, Opera and Phenomena, said he was tired of “Christmas movies showing goodness”.

“I’d rather have a Christmas movie where there is strength, violence, horror. And this is what I am going to do,” he said.

If completed, The Sandman will be released next year in the run-up to Christmas.

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