We're extremely excited about the announcement that David Fincher, Zack Snyder and Gore Verbinski still intend to direct segments of a new "Heavy Metal" animated feature, but it's probably for the best that we temper our enthusiasm with a bit of caution. According to Fincher, the undoubtedly awesome film has yet to move on from the development stage.
"We're still trying to get that made," Fincher told MTV News.
Even so, does the director, hot off the critical success of his new film "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", have any particular "Heavy Metal" stories that he would like to adapt to the screen?
"I'm ready to bat clean-up. I'm ready to do whatever story no one else wants to do. We have like twenty-four stories and artwork for it. Zack Snyder is picking one and I think Verbinski has one that he likes. We're seeing where it ends up. I have time to do one or two and I have dibs on eight or nine, so somewhere in there we'll figure it out if we can ever get the money together."
The new "Heavy Metal" movie would be the second animated feature based on the long-running comic magazine of the same name. The original film, which debuted in 1981, is a cult classic that pushed the limits of adult-themed animation with its nudity, sexuality, and violence.
Fincher is quick to point out the magazine and movie's influence on some of the most beloved sci-fi films of all time.
"There's no 'Blade Runner' without 'Heavy Metal.' There's probably no 'Alien.' It was such a fertile breeding ground," explained the director, noting the magazine's influence on today's digital animators. "Wherever you go in the world you go to any computer animation company and there lying around is 'Heavy Metal' magazine."
He's also hopeful that a revamped, R-rated "Heavy Metal" film can push digital animation into the future.
"The world will at some point be ready for something other than singing, furry f--king animals," Fincher told MTV.
Which classic "Heavy Metal" story would you like to see David Fincher direct? Would you rather see him direct something with singing furry animals?