Robert Rodriguez Plans New ‘Heavy Metal’ Feature

Robert Rodriguez is looking to bring Heavy Metal back to the big screen.

The filmmaker announced at Comic-Con that he had acquired the film rights to the long-running and iconic sci-fi and fantasy comics magazine and was developing a new animated film.

The magazine, which debuted in the United States in 1977, brought to America comics work by European artists such as Moebius, Alexandro Jodorosky and Enki Bilal, as well as featuring homegrown talents like Bernie Wrightson and Richard Corben. The magazine was based on the French comics magazine Metal Hurlant, and was adapted into an adult-oriented animated feature film in 1981. A second animated feature based on the mag, Heavy Metal 2000, was released in 2000.

More recent attempts at a new feature film have included efforts by David Fincher a few years ago.

Rodriguez, whose films include El Mariachi, the From Dusk Till Dawn series, the Spy Kids series, Sin City and Machete, says he will solicit ideas for the film from fans through a web site.

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