James Cameron Might Be Directing a Heavy Metal Segment?!
Whoa, now this is some awesome news! We've heard about that Heavy Metal movie that David Fincher is spearheading, but it keeps getting stuck in development hell. Well, our friends at Film School Rejects recently caught up with TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman and asked him if he had any updates. "I've got breaking news that Fincher and James Cameron are going to be co-executive producers on the film. Fincher will direct one. Cameron will direct one. Zack Snyder is going to direct one and Gore Verbinski is going to. Mark Osborne and Jack Black from Tenacious D are going to do a comedy segment for the film."
I wouldn't say this is completely confirmed news, because we've heard off and on that various directors would be directing segments, even though nothing has come together. At one point they had Guillermo del Toro attached as well as Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda) and Tim Miller. But the list keeps changing all the time; I've heard that Gore Verbinski isn't even attached anymore, contrary to Eastman's update. Fincher's plan is to get a total of 9 directors to direct different segments of the movie, which is based on the cult magazine Heavy Metal. It's an ambitious plan and if he did Cameron involved, then I'm truly amazed.
"Three other directors have agreed but we haven’t signed them, but they’re equally as jaw-dropping. So we’re on cloud nine to be working with such an amazing amount of talent," Eastman said. Our last update on this came from Eastman as well back in May. I don't know why our only updates on this are coming from Eastman, but if we are to believe what he says, then this is very big news. Right now everyone is 100% focused on Cameron's Avatar, but I can definitely see him contributing to this, and his involvement may be what it needs to finally get made. We'll let you know when we hear more - which will hopefully be soon!