One of the most exciting comic book movie announcements of the past two years centered on the formation of a new “Heavy Metal” film featuring the talents of directors David Fincher, Zack Snyder, Gore Verbinski and more, drawing inspiration from the classic comic magazine and 1981 animated flick of the same name.
That first announcement was nearly two years ago, however, with actor and musician Jack Black providing the most recent update in June 2009 that he and Tenacious D collaborator Kyle Gass wrote a song for the new “Heavy Metal.” Desperate for something — anything — regarding the pending adaptation, MTV News turned to reported co-director David Fincher for an update on “Heavy Metal.”
“We’re trying to get people to embrace an R-rated anthology in 3-D,” Fincher told MTV while promoting “The Goon,” adding with a laugh: “You would think [there would be no problems from studios] with all of the examples we can show of how it works!”
In fairness, finding examples of similar R-rated anthology material isn’t exactly easy. Aside from the lack of 3-D, the closest recent example is “Grindhouse,” the high profile collaboration between directors Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino that failed to rake in box office gold. But even if there isn’t proof that “Heavy Metal” could work in this day and age, Fincher is hopeful that the film will get off the ground eventually.
“It’s an ongoing process,” he said. “It’s going to be one of those things that when we finally get to do it, that’s when everybody will say, ’Of course! We always loved this!'”
As for who remains attached to the project, Fincher said that he hopes he’ll still direct a segment, though he wouldn’t confirm any names of his co-directors.
“If we build it, they will come,” he said of possible directors. “That’s the idea. That’s the hope.”
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