Heavy Metal Returning to the Big Screen Under David Fincher

March 14, 2008
Source: Variety

Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal, the 1970s sci-fi fantasy magazine and subsequent 1981 movie, is returning to the big screen again. Fight Club's David Fincher is spearheading the animated film which will feature eight or nine individual animated segments, each of which will be directed by a different person, similar to Animatrix. While the return of Heavy Metal could be prone to utter destruction in anyone else's hands, the fact that the visionary filmmaker David Fincher is the one spearheading the entire project actually means this could become something very unique.

Confirmed directors creating segments so far include: David Fincher, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" co-creator and Heavy Metal owner Kevin Eastman, and Blur Studios' Tim Miller. Remaining directors have yet to be announced. The film is already being referred to as an R-rated, adult-themed feature. The segments will, of course, be inspired by the erotic and violent storylines and images found in the magazine. The aforementioned Blur Studios is also handling all of the animation, which means the visual style most likely will be similar across all of the segments.

This definitely sounds like a project that will turn out fairly awesome. I'm excited to see how this comes together and learn what stories Fincher and company choose to adapt. I'm wondering who else would be a good fit as a director: Henry Selick, Ridley Scott, Alfonso CuarĂ³n, Richard Kelly, or even Steven Spielberg? Who would be your dream choices for the six remaining segments?

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Reader Feedback - 8 Comments


Darren Aranofsky anyone?

jason_md2020 on Mar 14, 2008


Guillermo Del Toro!!!!

Heckle on Mar 14, 2008


Darren Aronofsky or Ridley Scott. Spielberg wouldn't pick up something as obscure as Heavy Metal unless he could be convinced that it would be big. I'd rather see Ridley Scott pick it up.

Colin Dean on Mar 14, 2008


ROB ZOMBIE near me out......................... Aronovski would make it great

SHANE D on Mar 14, 2008


I liked the animation sequence in KIll Bill so why not Tarantino?

reef21 on Mar 14, 2008


If only Gerald Scarfe could take part... *sigh* I like the Coen Brothers. Would they be interested?

Jack on Mar 16, 2008


Next to David fincher, I would like Robert Rodriguez or David Cronenberg do a part!!!

Candy Castle on Mar 26, 2008


Loved the animated short "Codehunters" and "Heavenly Sword" by Ben Hibon . This guy is lightyears ahead of most animators.

AnimationFan on Mar 27, 2008

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