Last year we learned that the long-awaited new Heavy Metal movie adaptation was finally moving forward and that Watchmen director Zack Snyder had joined David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club) and Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) as directors on the project (Read: Zack Snyder Joins David Fincher & Gore Verbinski For ‘Heavy Metal’). Heavy Metal consists of multiple different chapters or sections, and the goal was to find a team of top-notch talent to handle these various sections.
Fortunately for us, the party does not end there: Film School Rejects have spoken to Kevin Eastman (Owner of the Heavy Metal Magazine, as well as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator) who dropped the bomb that now a one Mr. James Cameron would be executive producing on the project, and that he would be directing one of the segments as well!
Eastman also shared that Kung Fu Panda co-director Mark Osborne would be doing a comedy segment of the Heavy Metal project along with Jack Black. They are really putting together one of the — if not THE — greatest collection of filmmakers ever seen; and this is just the directors — they still need to cast what I’m assuming will be all kinds of big name stars for the project.
Here’s what Eastman had to say:
Iâ€™ve got breaking news that Fincher and James Cameron are going to be Co-Executive Producers on the film. Fincher will direct one. Cameron will direct one. Zack Snyder is going to direct one and Gore Verbinski is going to. Mark Osborne and Jack Black from Tenacious D are going to do a comedy segment for the film. Three other directors have agreed but we havenâ€™t signed them, but theyâ€™re equally as jaw-dropping. So weâ€™re on cloud nine to be working with such an amazing amount of talent.
Back in December, David Fincher explained that they have about twenty-four good stories put together and that he could do a couple of them (Read: David Fincher Talks â€˜Heavy Metalâ€™ Plans). I have no idea how long each of these stories runs, but this means that they could add many more directors if need be, which makes Eastman’s reveal that they still have three other “jaw-dropping” unsigned directors who have verbally agreed to join incredibly exciting for fans of Heavy Metal and for fans of movies alike.