The live-action series Metal Hurlant Chronicles has finally solidified a debut date; unfortunately it won’t be in the States. Based on the French comics anthology Metal Hurlant (translated directly as “screaming metal” and known in the States as Heavy Metal), Metal Hurlant Chronicles will debut in France with talks to expand into the UK and Germany. Each 26-minute long episode will center on one heroic arc in a world that combines a Game of Thrones-type fantasy setting with sci-fi elements. Directed by Guillaume Lubrano and starring Scott Adkins, Michael Jai white, Rutger Hauer, Darren Shahlavi and Matt Mullins, Metal Hurlant Chronicles is finally seeing the light this month. Hit the jump to watch the teaser and trailer.
Given that the festival takes place in his home city, it’s no surprise that filmmaker Robert Rodriguez took part in the 2012 SXSW Film Festival. Rodriguez took the opportunity to provide another update on his production company Quickdraw Productions and the many projects he currently has in development. In addition to touting the launch of Quickdraw Animation (two animated feature films, Heavy Metal and a family film, are already in development), Rodriguez gave a status report on the long-promised Sin City 2 and the Machete follow-up Machete Kills, saying both projects are poised to go into production this year. Hit the jump for more.
Director Robert Rodriguez was back in full-force at Comic-Con this week for a Hall H panel regarding all of his upcoming projects, as well as his new production company QuickDraw Studios. The director gave updates on Machete sequels, Sin City 2, Heavy Metal, a new Frank Frazetta museum in Austin, TX, and more. Hit the jump for my recap of the panel.
David Fincher is attached to direct the Bobby Fischer biopic Pawn Sacrifice for Columbia. As we reported over the weekend, Fincher is keeping busy as he’s also circling an adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in addition to his continuing efforts to make a new version of Heavy Metal a reality. Columbia’s eager to be in business with Fincher again as the studio was pleased with his work on The Social Network, which is about the creation of Facebook.
According to Variety, Sacrifice would follow Fischer’s life story up to his historic world championship match against Boris Spassky. But I think the biggest challenge in making a Fischer biopic is that he was a complete douchebag. When Fischer first heard about 9/11, he responded, “This is all wonderful news,” and hoped that a coup d’état of the US government would lead to the execution of, “hundreds of thousands of American Jewish ring-leaders.” He also wrote a letter to Osama Bin Laden celebrating their shared interests of hating Jews and America (although he probably never sent it as Bin Laden’s not really in the White Pages so it’s tough to get an address).
Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) recently turned in a screenplay and I trust that Fincher is one of the few people that could make a compelling movie about a brilliant chess player/bat-shit insane hate-fountain.
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.
A legendary screenwriter of science fiction and horror, Dan O’Bannon, best known for writing Alien, passed away today at the age of 63. Bannon broke out back in 1974 with the lo-budget sci-fi flick Dark Star, which was director John Carpenter’s first major film. O’Bannon not only wrote the script for Dark Star, he also edited, art designed, acted in, and handled the special effects on the film.
Then he wrote Alien, which would be his biggest film both critically and commercially. But oddly enough, O’Bannon’s most ardent fans, while they unabashedly love Alien, seem to support the guy more for his smaller cult movies like Dark Star, Dead & Buried, Blue Thunder, his segment “B-17″ in Heavy Metal, and for The Return of the Living Dead, a film he also directed.
Thanks to Harry at Ain’t It Cool for breaking the bad news and writing a nice little obit. Our condolences to Mr. O’Bannon’s family and friends.
The remake of “Heavy Metal” could be anywhere in pre-production. Is it still gathering directors for segments? Is it trying to find metal artists? Will each segment have its own screenwriter? So a poster at this point is highly unlikely. It’s even more unlikely when a poster for the film lands online and has a web address belonging to a squatter* instead of a studio.
But it’s still a cool looking poster and you can check it out after the jump. And when “Heavy Metal” does begin its marketing campaign, they should know that there’s now a bar to be cleared because the studio doesn’t want people saying, “The fake one looked better”.
The remake of “Heavy Metal” is attracting some major names. Already attached to direct segments from the film were David Fincher and Zack Snyder and today Film School Rejects is reporting that James Cameron has signed on to direct a segment as well. I can’t believe this much talent is coming on board a project I have no interest in. It’s not that the original “Heavy Metal” is god-awful (although it’s certainly more a novelty than a real movie) but why are some of the most interesting directors taking time out to work on a remake? I guess if you’re a “Heavy Metal” fan you’re beyond jazzed at this line-up which also includes Gore Verbinski, Jack Black, and Mark Osbourne (“Kung Fu Panda”). I remain indifferent but maybe once these directors start talking about why they’ve been drawn to this project, I’ll start paying closer attention.
Click here for Cameron to bring you boobs in 3D.