David Fincher’s attempt to remake the 1981 rock sci-fi/fantasy Heavy Metal (which was based on the 70s dark sci-fi/fantasy erotic magazine of the same name) hit a serious roadbump when Paramount Pictures decided to drop the project, but now the film is starting to regain some steam. Deadline confirms a report from last June that James Cameron has come on board to direct one of the films segments as will Watchmen director Zack Snyder. Their involvement is noteworthy because ever since Paramount dropped the project, its status and contributors have been unknown. However, there’s currently no word if Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator and Heavy Metal magazine publisher Kevin Eastman, Blur Studios’ Tim Miller, or any of the other names previously associated with the project will return.
Deadline also notes, to the surprise of no one, that all the segments will be in 3D.
Hit the jump for a brief history on the Heavy Metal remake.
News about a remake began roughly two years ago with Fincher, Snyder, and Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) committing to direct a segment of the film. Then in May 2009, it was rumored that Rob Zombie (The Devil’s Rejects) and Mark Osborne (Kung-Fu Panda) would be joining the project. In June, Jack Black told MTV that Tenacious D (his band with Kyle Gass) did a song for the film. I don’t know if that song will carry over to the new version, but it would be a crime to waste a perfectly good Tenacious D track.
[For those wondering, this was a fan-made poster that we reported on back in October of last year.]