Nightwish Moving Forward With ‘Imaginarium': Kinda Reminds Me Of Pan’s Labyrinth

One of Finland’s most successful bands (regardless of genre) is Nightwish, the symphonic metal band that was fronted by Tarja Turunen until her dismissal in 2006. She was replaced by Anette Olzon in 2007. Personally, I really enjoy Nightwish. They’re a band that I can put on and know that I’m in for some over-the-top epic metal. Sometimes that’s all you need in life. That, and maybe some women dressed in slave Leia outfits fanning you with palm leaves….yeah….

Moving along! Nightwish is planning on releasing their next studio album, Imaginarium, in early 2012. Not happy with just an album release, the band has decided to put together a feature-length film under the same name and using musical themes from the album as the score for the movie. Check out a quote from the band and more awesome details after the jump.
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In a new update on the band’s official web site, Nightwish states, “Secretly we all hoped that at some point we would be able to say this aloud: The dream is about to become reality! It’s been a hard battle beyond all measures, as it is in all projects this size, but finally creativity and heart took over the evil called money.
“‘Imaginarium’ will be shot in September in a location we still need to keep as a secret but it will be quite far from our homely Finland and Sweden.
“The casting of the characters is now done. The cast is chosen not only because of their talent but because of the personal passion of everyone involved. 
“The actors and their representatives have been overly enthusiastic about the auditions after reading the script. We believe many of you will be very surprised once you see the final result and the story behind it. 
“This long journey began more than three years ago, and neither Nightwish or Stobe had a clear idea of where the path would lead. The script is now fantastic. It’s about life, and the little spark of light you see during the darkest and most hopeless times. The same spark we’ve had to find over and over again during the process of making this film happen. 
“The production crew is a group of professionals with one aim only: To realize the original vision of ‘Imaginarium’ that Tuomas [Holopainen, Nightwish keyboardist/main songwriter] and Stobe had. All the pieces of the puzzle are now on the tables, and the building of the props, costume design, schedule planning, special FX production, dialogue and band performance rehearsals, etc. has begun. 
“It’s easy to shed some tears while writing this, since we now know the story will have an ending after all.
“‘She spins around elegantly, softly. The chords are now found and something that was broken never needed to be fixed.'”
“Imaginarium” is one of the projects which recently received grants from the Finnish government institution called the Finnish Film Foundation. The movie, directed by Stobe Harju, about an old man on his deathbed who glimpses a childhood dream in which he refuses to grow old, and fights aging with his imagination, will get $575,000 toward its $3.7 million budget.