'Heavy Metal' Movie Not (Completely) Dead

It 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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