Kevin Eastman's Update on David Fincher's Heavy Metal
What the heck is going on with David Fincher's Heavy Metal movie? We keep hearing interesting reports - that its been shelved, new director - but there's no solid updates worth reporting. Last we heard, Paramount had ditched the project, but then Sony picked it up instead. Then I was told that it wasn't going to happen at all, but I didn't have confirmation, so I didn't dwell on it. Now today we finally have an update (via MovieWeb) from TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, who was one of the original directors rumored to be directing a segment for the film. In short, Eastman says to expect an official announcement in 30 days.
"Right now, David has a grand plan and he's asked us to sort of keep those cards close to our chest until the right announcement comes out, but what I can tell you is that part of the frustrating part of going through the studio system, which David knows more than Tim (Miller) and I. Guys like Zack Snyder and Gore Verbinski and Mark Osborne have committed to come on board and direct sequences in this."
"There are three other directors, that I can't tell you yet, but will be jaw-dropping when we can tell you. David has put together a program that is pretty outstanding and it's sort of fascinating for guys like Tim and I, who have worked at the studio level, at a number of levels, but never at a David Fincher level. Whereas we would've probably agreed to the deal seven versions ago, David is still negotiating and it's like, 'Oh my God, we just want to do this movie,' but, all kidding aside, that's why we're working with David."
"Not only does he have just a brilliant vision, and a great sense of storytelling but he's very committed to doing this right. We don't want to spend $50 million and not blow everybody out of the water with this project. I'd guess within the next 30 days would be the official announcement of what's going on and where it's going, and then we can talk again."
So what I understand is that, at least according to Eastman, it's still going to happen, sooner or later. What we don't know is whether or not all of the aforementioned directors are still on-board and/or who they'll be adding soon. I'm sure Fincher is not only fighting with the studio, but also trying to wrangle up some great directors. As a reminder, this iteration of Heavy Metal is supposed to be an "R-rated, adult-themed feature." And the multiple segments will be inspired by the erotic and violent storylines and images found in the magazine that this is based on. Hopefully that announcement does actually hit sometime soon.