Zack Snyder, Gore Verbinski, Guillermo del Toro Directing Heavy Metal Segments?
That Heavy Metal movie that David Fincher's putting together that was first announced back in March has been in the news quite a bit the last few days, not all of it good. The first bit of news surrounds the film's studio switch from Paramount to Sony. At first there was no official reason for the switch, but SlashFilm discovered that it was actually Paramount's on-going fight with David Fincher over Curious Case of Benjamin Button that was the inciting incident. In a separate update today, rgbFILTER (via SlashFilm again) posted an interview with Kevin Eastman, where he mentions that "Fincher is directing one, Guillermo del Toro wants to direct one, Zack Snyder wants to direct one, Gore Verbinski wants to direct one." Three new exciting names to add to the list makes this another hot project yet again.
Regarding the studio change, Eastman, who owns the Heavy Metal magazine, told The Playlist that Paramount said "'until you step up to do what we want you to do with Benjamin, we're not going to greenlight any other of [your] movies.' And David said, 'Fine, fuck you, I'm going to set up [Heavy Metal] somewhere else,' so we jumped over to Sony and set it up there." If Fincher does get a total of 9 fantastic directors to each put together a segment for the film, this may be a bigger loss for Paramount than they initially thought. The film was described as an R-rated, adult-themed feature obviously inspired by the cult magazine's erotic and violent storylines and images. That brings us to today's update on directors.
In a separate interview, Eastman told rgbFILTER that "we have a $50m budget, we're doing a full-blown production" before mentioning a few more directors. We previously confirmed that David Fincher, Kevin Eastman himself, and Blur Studios' Tim Miller were all directing a segment for the film. Now Eastman says that Zack Snyder, Gore Verbinski (of the Pirates of the Caribbean films), and Guillermo del Toro are all interested as well. With Guillermo's schedule full until 2017, I don't think he'll be able to participate. So that leaves around 3 or 4 more spots left to be filled by other directors. And if these previous five turn out, then I think Heavy Metal may end up being the new cult classic that I think we were all hoping to see. Does this sound like an interesting animated project to you?