OK...Anette just announced this on her blog, it's on NW's official site, so it's a go!
Here is the announcement:
In the midst of recording a new album, Nightwish has been preparing a movie.
"Imaginarium" is a music fantasy - film based on the forthcoming Nightwish album of the same title and its 13 songs.
The protagonist of the film is a songwriter with an otherworldly imagination. He is an old man who still thinks he`s a young boy. While asleep he travels into his distant past where his dreams of old come back to him mixed to the young boy`s world of fantasy and music.
In his dreams the old man fights to find the memories most important to him.
This never-done-before project originates to more than two years in the past when Tuomas first introduced his ambitious idea of the Imaginarium - concept to the fellow band members and to Mr. Stobe Harju, the director behind "The Islander" - music video. He will be the director of this full-length feature. The film will be produced by Solar Films Inc. together with Nightwish.
The shootings for "Imaginarium" will begin this spring, it will have its premiere in 2012 and the album it`s based on will be released in an undefined point in time.
Nightwish will hold a press conference related to this project at the end of February.
Well, holy shit! This is not what I had been expecting. I was expecting a significant ramping up of the symphonic elements in their music, perhaps some kind of Nightwish symphony with all the bells & whistles (minus an operatic singer, that is). I was expecting some kind of grand concept. But never in my dreams had I ever thought of a movie - a full-length feature to boot - based on the album concept. Holy shit. I am now so stoked for the next CD I can barely stand it.
And look at the poster! It's cool!
One thing concerns me, however, this line: "The shootings for "Imaginarium" will begin this spring, it will have its premiere in 2012 and the album it`s based on will be released in an undefined point in time."
I do believe Tuomas had said the release of the CD would be at the end of 2011. Has it now been delayed even further, to coincide with the 2012 release of the movie? I certainly hope not!