"Heavy Metal 2000" Headed To Cable

The sequel to the 1981 animated sci-fi cult classic "Heavy Metal" will finally be unveiled this summer, but not in theaters.

Cable movie network STARZ! has secured the rights to premiere "Heavy Metal 2000" under its "STARZ! Pictures" banner of original films and will roll the movie out with (fittingly) a midnight showing on July 14.

As we previously reported, the sequel will feature the vocal talents of Billy Idol and b-movie queen Julie Strain, while the film's soundtrack boasts cuts from Pantera, Bauhaus, Monster Magnet, System Of A Down, Coal Chamber, Insane Clown Posse, and others (see "Pantera Follows Chart Debut With 'Heavy Metal 2000'").

The album (which also carries tracks from Queens Of The Stone Age, MDFMK, Machine Head, Full Devil Jacket, Puya, Apartment 26, Billy Idol, and more) hit stores last week, and Strain, "Heavy Metal 2000" co-creator Kevin Eastman, and others marked the release with

a live appearance at a Los Angeles comic books store (see "'Heavy Metal' Descends On L.A.").

The original "Heavy Metal" packed songs from Devo, Black Sabbath, Blue Öyster Cult, Cheap Trick, and others into a collection of nine animated short stories. The result was a cult classic that managed to win over new fans years after its theatrical run.