Robert Rodriguez May Bring ‘Heavy Metal’ to TV; Prepared to Make ‘Sin City 3’

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It’s been quite some time since Robert Rodriguez first announced his plan to make a new Heavy Metal movie under the Quickdraw Animation banner at San Diego Comic Con in 2011, but there hasn’t been much movement on the project since. However, with the formation of his very own television network, El Rey, Rodriguez is considering switching gears and bringing it to TV. 

The 1981 original is an anthology of sci-fi and fantasy animated stories that were plucked right out of Heavy Metal magazine, so the choice to use the television series format does make sense, especially considering the material is in line with the network’s rather graphic, violent content.

While promoting El Rey’s new series, From Dusk till Dawn, at SXSW 2014, Rodriguez offered a brief update on the state of the project. When asked how the endeavor is progressing he noted:

“Well, now that I’ve got a television network, potentially we could go into television as well.” 

As for how that content will be presented, Rodriguez is planning to go with some hand drawn animation like the original, but he’s also hoping to make use of other techniques depending on what best suits the narratives and their creators.

“It would be a variation of different types of animation … Classic, some hand drawn, some digital, some mixed media. That was always great about ‘Heavy Metal’ is everybody did a different thing, story dependent.”

Heavy Metal Movie Robert Rodriguez May Bring ‘Heavy Metal’ to TV; Prepared to Make ‘Sin City 3’

In true Robert Rodriguez fashion, Heavy Metal, El Rey, and the release of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For aren’t the only projects on his plate; he’s also making preparations for Sin City 3 so that if he does decide to continue the series, he’s ready to roll as he pleases.

“This one comes out August 22nd and then we’ve already been talking about a third so we could go as soon as we want to.”

Whether or not he wants to will likely be dependent on how A Dame to Kill performs when it hits theaters in August. Should it manage to match the first film’s $29.1 million opening weekend haul, Rodriguez could certainly pull the trigger and make Sin City 3 a real thing. Hopefully, if that’s the case, it comes much sooner.


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  1. We gonna see some sort of Julie Strain voice work or live action interludes between the animated segments too then?

    • Also have to say thanks for all the SXSW stuff you’re giving us, Perri. You got no one else covering it with you or are you sprinting from one interview to the next here?

      • All by myself and it’s absolute madness – but the best kind :)

  2. It’s nice to know this project isn’t dead but I was really excited about all the different creative talent involved originally (David Fincher, Guillermo Del Toro, James Cameron, Zack Snyder, Gore Verbinski, Jhonen Vasquez and Rob Zombie). It would have been the ultimate animated anthology.

  3. Don’t know if its the right move to make it a TV series, perhaps a mini-series will be much suited. If I remember correctly, the 80s Heavy Metal animation contains a lot of nudity, definitely not for minors.

    As for Sin City 3, don’t make the fans wait another 8 years please.

    • I hope it’s on Cable TV and NOT Network Television. Nudity is not an issue on Cable Television and and they will have a lot more freedom to tell different stories that can never be done the Networks.

  4. Sweet! I really hope they make this into a show! I’m glad he will be honoring the original format of both the mag and the 1st movie.