By Paul Christian, Chief reporter
Friday, August 9, 2013
AS previously revealed by the Wewlyn Hatfield Times’ very own Charlie Boy Meynard, intrepid masked superheroes have been spotted in Welwyn Garden City.
It can now be revealed the adventures of caped crusaders Blue Steel and Red Berry are being recorded for a series of films.
Writer Elliott Gresswell told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “The project we’re working on is a 10-part web series called Blue Steel: Ready Player Go, and it’s being made by a very small group of talented people (and me) with a budget of, essentially, whatever happens to be in our pockets.”
Elliott let the Welwyn Hatfield Times in on a few previously secret plot twists from the currently under-production movie series.
He said: “Larry Larrison is a bright kid with an uncertain future.
“Fresh out of university, he’s sacrificed his friends, his family and his chances of a job to pursue a simple dream: becoming a real-life superhero.
“As the costumed vigilante Blue Steel, he has achieved exactly nothing, apart from the occasional beating at the hands of local chavs.
“His only comfort is the video game Ultimate Adventure III, a chirpy fantasy adventure that lets Larry be at least some kind of successful hero… even if it’s just a virtual one.
“Unfortunately for Larry, things in his home town are about to take a strange turn.
“A madman has come to power in the neighbourhood watch, video game characters are manifesting in real life, and a local Pcso is determined to bring Blue Steel down.
“If he wants to save his town, then Larry is going to have to reassemble his broken relationships, grow beyond his heroic fantasies, and convince the Big Society that violent video games really aren’t that bad.
“And if he can’t? Then he faces madness, death, and – worst of all – unemployment…”
The series is being filmed in Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, Letchworth and Luton.
Elliott added: “Blue Steel began as a college project, the brainchild of Lawrence Essex and Johnny Lee.
“In 2011, it debuted on YouTube as a six-part web series, and racked up an impressive audience peak of 246,000 views.
“Ready Player Go is set to be a completely new and separate story based on the same characters, with a vastly increased sense of scale and scope, incorporating both live action sequences and 16bit animation.”