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Fincher's Metal Leaves Paramount
Shopping project to other studios

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

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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.

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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

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

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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

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