Multi-Segment Heavy Metal Animated Film In The Works

The 1970s-era sci-fi fantasy magazine HEAVY METAL will be the inspiration for a Paramount Pictures animated film, led by director David Fincher, according to VARIETY.

The magazine was known for erotic and violent storylines and images, and introduced the work of American artists and writers - including Robert Silverberg, Harlan Ellison and H.R. Giger.

Eight or nine different segments will be created for the film, each with a different director.

Fincher will helm one, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES co-creator Kevin Eastman (also now owner and publisher of HEAVY METAL) will direct another. Tim Miller of Blur Studios will animate the likely R-rated and adult-themed movie.

Producers will be Fincher, Eastman and Miller, with more directors to be announced by the studio soon.

HEAVY METAL already was turned into a 1981 animated feature with a 2000 sequel.

ZODIAC director Fincher recently completed THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett.

Fincher is also attached to direct Paramount's BLACK HOLE, an adaptation of the Charles Burns graphic novel. Other films for Paramount include TORSO and THE KILLER.

Miller is currently working on a feature-length ROCKFISH. Blur has worked on videogame animation for TRANSFORMERS: THE GAME, based on the hit movie from DreamWorks and Paramount.

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