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New Heavy Metal movie has some heavy talent

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Saturday, June 6, 2009

A new animated anthology Heavy Metal movie has been quietly stewing on the creative backburner for a couple of years. Unlike Heavy Metal 2000, which chose to tell a single feature-length story, the new Heavy Metal movie would go back to the original 1981 film's slant of presenting a number of short stories but retain the same adult nature to the material. In other words, the new movie wouldn't make the same mistakes that HM2K did.

Kevin Eastman, the co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the guy that owns the rights to the Heavy Metal brand, has been keeping the torch lit while the ingredients for the new movie slowly came together. We've known for about two years that Seven and Benjamin Button director David Fincher had been onboard to executive produce the movie but that problems with Paramount Pictures slowed the project's development. But the sun seems to be finally breaking through those stormy clouds with today's news straight from Film School Rejects that this new Heavy Metal movie has landed some major heavyweight talent in the form of Avatar director James Cameron as co-executive producer and as the director of one of the movie's segments. Joining Cameron will be Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy director Gore Verbinski, Watchmen/300 director Zack Snyder, Kung Fu Panda helmer Mark Osborne and three other unnamed A-listers all directing their own segments. (Osborne will be joined creatively by Jack Black on his short.)

And this is all-but officially confirmed since the Rejects got it straight from the lips of Eastman himself. As for who the other three directors could be, Eastman said, "We haven’t signed them, but they’re equally as jaw-dropping. So we’re on cloud nine to be working with such an amazing amount of talent."

It seems that the new Heavy Metal is presently without a studio to call home, but with four of the seven directors now known I think that it's pretty safe to assume that this project won't be in that situation for very much longer.

-Film School Rejects.

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