Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Done In 60 Seconds Competition 2015
Guide To Marvel's Infinity War
The Making Of The West Wing
Get 12 Issues For Only £25 Today
The perfect gift this Christmas
London Film Festival 2014
Our round-up of the galas, films and interviews
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Exclusive Hobbit Behind-The-Scenes Still
Thorin da house
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
07 November 2014
James Ellroy Talks Laura And David Fincher's Shakedown
'I’m going to set it in London'
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Gone Girl (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Empire Star Rating
The Social Network (2010)
Empire Star Rating
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2009)
Empire Star Rating
Zodiac (2007)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Fincher's Metal Leaves Paramount
Shopping project to other studios

11 July 2008  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Entertainment Weekly

submit to reddit

It's a strange thing about Hollywood that the people who should be given carte blanche to make any damn film they darn well please always seem to have trouble getting things off the ground, while the people who one could quite happily never hear from again have their every cheese-fuelled dream committed to celluloid. So it is with a heavy heart that we report that David Fincher's Heavy Metal has gone into turnaround at Paramount and is being shopped to other studios, putting its future at risk.

Heavy Metal, for those of you not au fait with 1970s magazines specialising in sci-fi, fantasy and erotica, was a 1970s magazine specialising in, well, see above. But this was no trashy exploitation rag (well, only a bit) - it had writers like Steve Niles and Joe Haldeman writing the stories, and covers by, among others, HR Giger.

Fincher's plan is to use eight to ten short stories and make a portmanteau film with other directors (he would take one segment himself though, natch), in what's described as an "edgy remake" of the 1981 animated movie inspired by the magazine (although we don't think this one would be all-animated). But Paramount were worried that the material was somewhat too risque and pulled the plug. Still, the word is that Fincher and co. plan to keep on looking for a studio, so let's all hope that someone gives this man a soundstage and a blank cheque sometime soon.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

The X-Files Comic Book
Yes, it's a slow news day, folks
Chris Brown Set To Go Bone Deep
Oo-er missus, relax - it's a heist pic!

Your Comments

Well said Helen
No Helens right Finchers great and he's had enough success why cant people just write him checks and leave him to make the film he wants to make When Empire first announced this project i thought it was a big departure for Fincher like the upcoming Benjamin Button but hey i go along with what he does but i read the article and i have never heard of Heasy metal but the idea of anthology film was a good idea. I hope fincher gets this made cos it sounds awesome and it would be a shame to see it More

Posted by dave_0989 at 08:58 on 12 July 2008 | Report This Post

Calling Bob and Harvey Wienstien...
Come in. More

Posted by Wrathschild at 21:44 on 11 July 2008 | Report This Post

Dissapointing news but hopefully he'll get it sorted! More

Posted by Big Red at 13:31 on 11 July 2008 | Report This Post

This is the same cartoon that was used in the 'Cheesing' episode of South Park recently, yes? Damn, that was funny... More

Posted by MovieMogul at 11:37 on 11 July 2008 | Report This Post

Should have a word with Robert Rodriguez. Sin City didn't exactly cost a fortune, was pretty full-on with the R rating and had three seperate stories... More

Posted by MonkeysDad at 11:36 on 11 July 2008 | Report This Post

I'm too young/not a virgin enough to have ever read Heavy Metal, so that side of it I could take or leave. But if Fincher wants to make it let the damn man, he's the most amazing director in hollywood and look what heppened when studios were edgy about Fight Club. More

Posted by CameronJames at 11:13 on 11 July 2008 | Report This Post

RE: IT'S FINCHER MAN!!!!!
L: Funk_Knight NUFF SAID! sp; Yep More

Posted by kinge247 at 10:55 on 11 July 2008 | Report This Post

Hopefully this will take more inspiration from the Corben/ Moebius era than the tit fest it has increasingly become since Kevin Eastman bought the title. Heavy Metal - FAKK 2 was nothing but a piece of shit advert for his porn star wife. More

Posted by dunkah at 10:12 on 11 July 2008 | Report This Post

IT'S FINCHER MAN!!!!!
NUFF SAID! More

Posted by Funk_Knight at 10:02 on 11 July 2008 | Report This Post

This film would be an excellent showcase for cutting edge CG and traditional animation. I hope it does get greenlit by some studio soon. More

Posted by steveg66 at 09:15 on 11 July 2008 | Report This Post

SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS

SAVE UP TO 48% GET 12 ISSUES FOR ONLY £25
Get the best seat in the house by subscribing to the world's biggest movie magazine today. Save up to 69% and every month you'll get exclusive subscriber-only covers, access to the biggest stars and the best news, reviews and behind-the-scenes reports straight from the set. Click here to find the perfect offer for you


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire's Farewell To Middle-Earth Issue:
Guest -Edited By Peter Jackson

The countdown to Empire's stunning new issue begins here...

Josh Hutcherson On The Hunger Games Phenomenon
'I've done my fair share of young adult material now'

What Is A Squidward? A Beginner's Guide To SpongeBob SquarePants
If you aren’t already a massive fan, prepare to become one

Classic Feature: Gods Among Us - Robert De Niro
The heavyweight champion of character immersion, explosive rage and jawdropping subtleties

Empire Meets Thelma Schoonmaker
On editing Scorsese, GoodFellas and a life in film

5 Possible Captain America: Civil War Roles For Daniel Brühl
Failing a Red Skull return, here are some Marvel villains the actor could play...

Kit Harington On How To Train Your Dragon 2
As the sequel hits home entertainment, we talk to the Game Of Thrones star

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)