Robert Rodriguez had been hinting for the past few days that he would have a big announcement at the San Diego Comic-Con this week, and yesterday he was finally able to reveal the news: he has picked up the rights to do a brand new animated Heavy Metal movie. Based on the popular fantasy magazine, the original Heavy Metal film was released back in 1981 and was directed by Gerald Potterton. Most recently David Fincher was trying to set up a Heavy Metal remake, but it would appear that he is no longer involved. However, Heavy Metal owner and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles creator Kevin Eastman will be involved, and the project will be developed through Rodriguez’s new Quick Draw Studios.
While trading David Fincher for Robert Rodriguez might be seen as a step down, somehow the material seems to suit Rodriguez a little better. Rodriguez is a fan of both animation and fantasy, and last year it was announced that he would direct a remake of Ralph Bakshi’s Fire and Ice, although the status of that project is currently unknown.
Interestingly, it appears that he also wants to make Heavy Metal a collaborative effort, and in addition to assembling a number of international artists and directors, he is inviting fans to submit ideas for the movie. I guess that’s one way to avoid pissing off the hardcore followers. Are you looking forward to a Heavy Metal movie from Robert Rodriguez? Check out the announcement video below.