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“Heavy Metal” Coming To Live-Action TV

According to Variety, French DVD house We Prods. is partnering with publishing house United Humanoids to produce Metal Hurlant Chronicles, a live-action TV skein based on a French anthology of

sci-fi/fantasy graphic novels.

Currently David Fincher is trying to produce a reboot/follow-up to the animated 1981 version Heavy Metal (produced by Ivan Reitman), with various big directors attached such as Guillermo del Toro, James Cameron, Zack Snyder, Rob Zombie, Gore Verbinski and Mark Osborne. That 1981 Canadian animated film has found a huge cult following and is famous for having several animation houses working simultaneously on different segments, including CinéGroupe and Atkinson Film-Arts.

The film is an anthology of various science fiction and fantasy stories adapted from the French magazine and like the film has a great deal of graphic violence, nudity, and sexuality. This however is not the same project. Stories from the original ’70s / ’80s magazine were adapted in live-action, via a French television show and after presenting the series’ pilot to buyers at Mipcom, the company pre-sold the show in more than 20 territories, including Italy, Germany, Poland and Russia. Shingle is negotiating with a French TV channel and a U.S. distributor. The twelve episode of the first two seasons will be delivered in January 2012. Negotiations for a US distributor are ongoing. The series will be directed by Guillaume Lubrano, co-founder of We Prods., each a half-hour long, will feature different characters and be shot in English and French.