Robert Rodriguez Apparently Has the Rights to Remake 'Heavy Metal'
by Ethan Anderton
July 22, 2011
Back in March of 2010, we heard that David Fincher's gestating update of the animated anthology feature Heavy Metal had some big names contributing to the film with James Cameron and Zack Snyder directing segments and Guillermo del Toro and Gore Verbinski in talks to take on their own installments of the film. At the time TMNT co-creator and Heavy Metal magazine publisher Kevin Eastman was not confirmed to be involved in the project, but during Robert Rodriguez's panel for his new Quick Draw Productions banner, the film was confirmed to be the first of the filmmaker's new action-oriented production company.
Rodriguez says his thought for the new Heavy Metal film will have "3 stories and wrap-around story" which he quickly compares to the structure of Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. In addition it sounds like Zack Snyder still wants to contribute to the film like we originally reported. At the panel we were shown quick looks at a new rendered logo featuring familiar Heavy Metal art including new glimpses at RanXeros and Druuna, two characters from the original film. The footage was accompanied by a new cover of Sammy Hagar's Heavy Metal from Robert Rodriguez's own band.
And if filmmakers like Snyder weren't enough to get you interested, check out the Grindhouse-style contest where people can submit characters, worlds and/or story ideas to amd.com/heavymetal with a final sequence left open in the movie for an audience-created story. Sounds like one of the most unique theater-going experiences to be had in awhile, and I'm looking forward to seeing who else steps up to direct a segment of the project. The film will very much be a collaborative effort in more ways than one, but it seems like we're always waiting for a Robert Rodriguez project to take-off after a Comic-Con experience , so I won't get excited just yet.