‘Heavy Metal’ Movie Not (Completely) Dead

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 7:18 am,

heavy metal poster Heavy Metal Movie Not (Completely) DeadIt looks like David Fincher is very much hoping to get started on his segment of the in-development animated project known as Heavy Metal, which is a remake of the 1981 cult classic of the same name.

“We’re still trying to get that made…”

Good to know, David…

It’s not just Fincher’s inclusion that’s exciting though – on-board is 300 and Watchmen director Zack Snyder and Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski. The film will be a series of animated segments. Each, presumably done by a different director.

Fincher has said:

“I’m ready to bat clean-up. I’m ready to do whatever story no one else wants to do. We have like twenty-four stories and artwork for it. Zack Snyder is picking one and I think Verbinski has one that he likes. We’re seeing where it ends up. I have time to do one or two and I have dibs on eight or nine, so somewhere in there we’ll figure it out if we can ever get the money together.”

It’s intriguing seeing that these guys have such an array of different animated stories to base each of their respective segments on. At least there’s a lot of material to provide (hopefully) a quality piece of work. It’s also great to see such vastly different directors come together to work on what is, let’s face it, a pretty odd project. Imagine Seven meets Pirates of the Caribbean with a dose of 300, all mixed together with a bit of Mad Max and Death Race 2000.

Now that’s quite a motion picture, indeed.

If and when the film gets made it will be the second animated feature to be based on the classic 80’s magazine. The first one was done back in 1981 and while it was pretty cool, it was also uneven, with some stories far better than others.

Fincher commented on the influence of the magazine:

“There’s no ‘Blade Runner’ without ‘Heavy Metal.’ There’s probably no ‘Alien.’ It was such a fertile breeding ground,” explained the director, noting the magazine’s influence on today’s digital animators. “Wherever you go in the world you go to any computer animation company and there lying around is ‘Heavy Metal’ magazine.”

It’s Fincher’s name alone that catches my interest, I will literally see anything he makes. What are your thoughts on the project? Interested or couldn’t care less?

Source: MTV Movies Blog and Geek Tyrant

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  1. Heavy Metal,,, man what a great animated film !!!
    Forget Wall•E, Bolt, Incredibles, Cars, Kung Fu panda,
    Those are for little kids!!!!!

    Heavy Metal is a animated film for adults… Rated R. The way it should be…

  2. Sounds good, just as long as they keep the Sammy Hagar Heavy Metal song in it! Maybe an updated version?
    (I’d rather see a remake of ‘Wizards’ though.)
    …Get your one way ticket to midnight, call it Heavy Metal- Harder than Iron feelin’ just right…

  3. Yeah the soundtrack was one of the best ever!

    Let’s keep the Rap and Speed Metal music away from this new film thanks.

  4. “Forget Wall•E, Bolt, Incredibles, Cars, Kung Fu panda,
    Those are for little kids!!!!!

    Heavy Metal is a animated film for adults… Rated R. The way it should be…” (790)

    Oh well… I love Wall·E and The Incredibles; I’m not going to forget them. Sure both ways can be. ; )

    “Let’s keep the Rap and Speed Metal music away from this new film thanks.” (790)

    Let’s keep Berstein’s Taarna’s Theme over all, please. ^^


  5. Bring on the speed metal!! Old Metallica and Megadeth would be just fine, thanks!!!

  6. Andy have you seen Heavy Metal 2000?
    They already tried the speed metal and guess what, the movie bombed,,,
    😎 😎

  7. The original Heavy Metal movie was a Canadian movie if I am not mistaken..

  8. There is no other movie (or franchise) I’ve seen in the theaters more than Heavy Metal! Not even Star Trek!!

    Yes greenknight, the original was Canadian.

    This is one of those films where any preconceived notions we may have should be shelved. With so many directors and just a basis of a story(s) I only expect it be as far from the mainstream as the last one.

    … I need a good reaction, cuz it’s late in the evening…

  9. South Park did a great homage to this… 😀

  10. A remake of the original Heavy Metal….?.In my opinion there are so many other cool story lines in Heavy Metal.Why not just pick a few out and start with them.Heavy Metal 2000 was ok it just left me wanting more.I think this would be a great opportunity to showcase some of the old artist(if they are still around and not to jaded) as well as the new ones. This was my first midnight movie as a teenager only $3 for a double feature.