‘Heavy Metal’ Movie Back at Paramount
The on-again, off-again sequel to Heavy Metal the animated feature appears to be on again. HM owner Kevin Eastman announced on his message board, “Well here we are again — and I’m trying to keep you up on the latest, without boring you with the 24/7 issues that are dealt with on this project. Regardless — things proceed — and the good news I have to share is Zack Snyder has said yes to directing one of the segments — so he’s be joining [David] Fincher, and Gore Verbinski as part of the official line up — there’s more on the director front — but I’ll hold off to share more with you shortly. Also looks like it might end up back at Paramount–gotta love Hollywood.”
The deal was first announcement came March 14 with Variety reporting that Fincher was heavily involved.
Then Paramount seemed to drop out and Eastman posted on July 10, “Yes, it was a fun, funny, interesting ride at Paramount — basically everyone in the company had greenlit the project except on of the new top ‘assholes’ over there, who has a personal beef with Fincher, and killed the HM project over issues with one of Fincher’s other projects.
Not to worry, we have already set it up elsewhere, an announcement will be made soon, and we’ll be in production shortly as well.”
Shortly became August 31, when he said Sony was on board to distribute the animated anthology. “The journey has been a tough and interesting one, but the film will be worth the wait.”
Thins seem stalled and sounding despondent, Eastman posted on October 08, 2008, “Man, it is a bit frustrating right now, as I have a lot of great new information to share, but am under a zip lip instruction from the rest of the crew for correct timing — I don’t mean to tease you, but do want to let you know the people we are bringing into to work on and direct segments of the film really @#$%& rock — and I should be able to start sharing images soon.”