Robert Rodriguez Acquires Rights to Heavy Metal Remake

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.

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  • fatbologna

    Well, I’m now %100 less excited for this than when it was Fincher’s project. Rodriguez is too cheap and sloppy for an animated project like this. Hopefully he surrounds himself with people more talented than he is that can pull off something interesting on a minimal budget and time.

  • Derek McFarland

    Looking forward to seeing it. It sucks that Fincher is no longer involved, but I do enjoy Roberts over the top films, like Planet Terror, From Dusk Til Dawn. I think he’d be a damn good selection for a film based on an over the top magazine like Heavy Metal. After seeing his work on, Sin City (one of my all time favorites), I’ve got a feeling this will be awesome…. even if only animated. He may seem cheap when it comes to his movie budgets, but he’s also very creative… more creative than sloppy (in my opinion). Otherwise I don’t think him and tarantino would be havin the bromance that they seem to have.

    Tarantino’s like Spielberg (great director)
    Rodriguez is like Lucas (awesome creator)

  • T. Heilman

    The toughest challenge will be to compile a contemporary soundtrack that does what the 1981 soundtrack did. Especially seeing how fleeting modern rock bands are and how most kids don’t seem to into it as much. This could be a tough sell but I hope it happens.

  • frankie smales

    heavy metal revamp looks devine and
    better i hope that they do this in 3d
    and cgi not like the original which
    combined with cell and optical animation
    and make it bigger and epical and have it longer
    and exciting it’ll be great to see this happening
    and if this gets done i’m in.

    frankie smales

    (frankie smales tv and movie review uk)

  • My brother, Ray, worked on the original Heavy Metal. There were a lot of compromises in production due to the lack of a real budget on it. Hopefully Rodriguez will avoid this and treat this project with care. This is a critically needed animation genre.