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Gaiking – Shogun Warriors Movie Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on March 29, 2010

Shogun Warriors is apparently a line of action figures I know nothing about. See I am informative even when there are no actual facts involved.

Anyhoo, AICN spoke to Matthew Gratzner (who is doing the adaption of Gerry Anderson’s UFO) about the Gaiking film – is it really pronounce “Gay-King”?

We are building the robots life size. Matt is one of the last great practical effects guys in the business who can pull this off. We will bring you to the set and give you first shot at seeing them. If you want, we can have you put out those first images of what the finished versions look like. The teaser we have now is CG for the robot. It is to give the fans a taste of the design we are going with, but it is not a true reveal given what we are going to be doing when we build the thing. The real deal is going to be mind blowing of course.

This was going to be a short film for the new Heavy Metal film, but they decided to go full on for a power armour movie that could be splendid.

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Heavy Metal – Who is writing and directing the sci-fi anthology?

Posted by LiveFor on March 11, 2010

Been a while since there has been any movement on the new Heavy Metal sci-fi anthology animated movie. Now author Neal Asher (check out my interview with him) has some more info on who will be directing and writing the various sections for the film – some top directors involved. I wonder if Cameron’s would have any ties to the Avatar universe?

Pre-release Information – A $50 million budget 3D CG animated movie based on the magazine. This probably won’t have any stories from the first 1981 movie, however like the first one, it will feature around seven or eight different stories. Each segment will be directed by a different person. The title to this movie hasn’t been chosen yet. This current title is just a placeholder.

Main Crew:
Executive Producer – David Fincher and James Cameron
Producer – Kevin Eastman and Tim Miller
Director – David Fincher (1 segment)
Director – James Cameron (1 segment)
Director – Zack Snyder (1 segment, a story that Kevin Eastman wrote)
Director – Gore Verbinski (1 segment)
Director – Mark Osborne (1 segment, a comedy with Jack Black)
Director – Tim Miller (1 segment)
Director – Jeff Fowler (1 segment)
Director – Kevin Eastman (tentatively 1 segment)
Director – Guillermo del Toro (tentatively 1 segment)
Director – Rob Zombie (tentatively 1 segment)

Writer – Marc Laidlaw (1 segment)
Writer – Steve Niles (1 segment)
Writer – Joe Haldeman (1 segment)
Writer – Neal Asher (1 segment)
Writer – Kevin Eastman (1 segment, a story that Zack Snyder will direct)
? – Jack Black (a comedy segment that Mark Osborne will direct. No details on how he’s involved, but most likely will be an actor)
? – Jhonen Vasquez (no details on how he’s involved, but most likely will be a writer)

Which of the writers and directors excites you the most?

Source: Heavy Metal

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Heavy Metal – Fan made poster for David Fincher’s sci-fi anthology film

Posted by LiveFor on October 22, 2009

Raymond Swanland is the artist behind this cool looking poster for Heavy Metal. David Fincher is the driving force behind the film, but each segment will have different directers, scriptwriters and animators behind it (check out my interview with sci-fi author Neal Asher, one of the writers for the film).

Source: Collider

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Cameron and Zombie join Heavy Metal

Posted by LiveFor on June 7, 2009

Film School Rejects recently caught up with TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman and asked him if he had any updates on the new Heavy Metal film. “I’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.”

/Film have since found out that Rob Zombie (Halloween) is also going to direct a segment.

All in all this sci-fi animated anthology is shaping up to having some major names involved.

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Heavy Metal – Kevin Eastman talks about it’s progress

Posted by LiveFor on May 12, 2009

Heavy Metal is a new version of the old animated sci-fi anthology based around the cool comic book anthology. Anthology used twice in one sentence. That could be a record.

Movieweb caught up with Kevin Eastman (he of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) who is producing the film with David Fincher and Tim Miller.

Here is what he had to say about it’s progress:

Right now, David has a grand plan and he’s asked us to sort of keep those cards close to our chest until the right announcement comes out, but what I can tell you is that part of the frustrating part of going through the studio system, which David knows more than Tim (Miller) and I. Guys like Zack Snyder and Gore Verbinski and Mark Osborne have committed to come on board and direct sequences in this. There are three other directors, that I can’t tell you yet, but will be jaw-dropping when we can tell you. David has put together a program that is pretty outstanding and it’s sort of fascinating for guys like Tim and I, who have worked at the studio level, at a number of levels, but never at a David Fincher level. Whereas we would’ve probably agreed to the deal seven versions ago, David is still negotiating and it’s like, ‘Oh my God, we just want to do this movie,’ but, all kidding aside, that’s why we’re working with David. Not only does he have just a brilliant vision, and a great sense of storytelling but he’s very committed to doing this right. We don’t want to spend $50 million and not blow everybody out of the water with this project. I’d guess within the next 30 days would be the official announcement of what’s going on and where it’s going, and then we can talk again.

I am itching to hear more about the directors and animators involved in this film.

Neal Asher is one of the writers and you can read more about his involvement in my interview with him.

Are you looking forward to the Heavy Metal film? What do you want to see in it?

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The Goon – First look at the animated feature

Posted by LiveFor on March 14, 2009

Here is the first look at the animated version of The Goon. Eric Powell’s excellent comic book brought to CG 3D life by Blur Studios (they are also working on some of the Heavy Metal film – you can check out their Rockfish short in my interview with Neal Asher). AICN had the exclusive.

David Fincher is directing The Goon film along with some of the Heavy Metal anthology film.
I personally love The Goon comic and think this picture of the Goon and Frankie looks brilliant. They look just like the comic book and I love the dead zombie on the right. All in all it is shaping up to be a great looking film.

Very exciting stuff.

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Heavy Metal – Video interview with Neal Asher on Sci-Fi London

Posted by LiveFor on December 30, 2008

Neal Asher has emailed me the news that he has recently had a video interview with Sci-Fi-London.

It can be found here if you care to take a look.

SCI-FI-LONDON was lucky enough to meet Neal Asher at his Essex home to talk about his latest book, The Gabble & Other Stories, about writing and about 15 years of the Polity universe, David Fincher, Heavy Metal and the internet as a distraction from real work.

It’s a great interview about parasites, politics and the Polity. The Heavy Metal stuff starts round about the 26:30 mark and questions about adapting his own works into film and TV at the 30:41 mark.

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Fincher talks Heavy Metal

Posted by LiveFor on December 16, 2008

As you all know I chatted to Neal Asher about his work on the new Heavy Metal film and now MTV have spoken to David Fincher about what is happening with it.

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.

I do hope that it does get made. Sounds as if they have plenty of tales to tell.

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Exclusive: Neal Asher interview – his work on the new Heavy Metal film and what he would do if he was Supreme Overlord of the Earth

Posted by LiveFor on December 4, 2008

I recently got in touch with Neal Asher, author of many wonderful books such as Gridlinked, Cowl, Brass Man, The Skinner, Prador Moon and his new book, The Gabble – and Other Stories. They are top quality science fiction tales full of tough heroes, murderous wildlife, sarcastic war drones, immortal pirates, massive aliens, and lots of mad, crazy violence. I highly recommend them (start with Gridlinked and follow the exploits of secret agent Ian Cormac).

Neal is also a fan of the Libertarian Party, not a big fan of the current British Government, hates all the kerfuffle caused by scientists going on about global warming, but most importantly for this site, he has been working on a screenplay for a segment in David Fincher’s and Kevin Eastman’s new Heavy Metal anthology movie. Neal is also a top bloke and very kindly agreed to the following interview with me.

What did you think of the original Heavy Metal film?

Neal: Since the likes of Led Zeppelin was the only Heavy Metal I’d heard about until I was contacted about this, I can’t give an answer to that.

How did you get involved with the new anthology?

Neal: A couple of years back someone in the comments section of my blog directed me towards a short video on You Tube. This turned out to be a thing called Rockfish,(see it below – LFF) produced by Blur Studios. It was a short CGI animation of a fisherman on an alien world, using some very high-tech equipment to go after a creature resembling either a Dune sandworm or one of those big worms in the film Tremors. I really enjoyed it and, even though I saw the first ‘Final Fantasy’ film, realised just how much closer had come that time when actors would be competing for parts with computer programs.

I emailed Tim Miller, who is the head honcho at Blur studios, just to say how much I enjoyed Rockfish. He emailed me back, glad of that opinion from a ‘professional’ writer, also adding he had books of mine on his shelf. We had further intermittent contact after that, like when I saw Blur’s excellent short cartoon Gopher Broke and clips from The Duel then, whilst me and the wife were in Crete last February, I got an email from him telling me that he, along with Hollywood heavyweight David Fincher, and Ninja Turtles creator and owner of Heavy Metal magazine, Kevin Eastman, were developing a project I might be interested in: a Heavy Metal movie. After laying out what it was all about he pointed out one story of mine that would be just right and asked if I had anything else that would fit. I loaded a load of my stories to a pen drive, went down the Internet café and sent them, later sending many of the rest.

What are the different challenges with writing a screenplay as opposed to a novel or short story?

Neal: This started with short stories. I had to amalgamate three into one, chop one down, one was virtually untouched and on request for certain material, wrote two more. I’ve since turned a few of these into screen plays which requires a whole new layout and conversion from text-to-brain to film-to-brain i.e. what a character is thinking or feeling must be displayed – all that internal action must be made external, authorial narrative cannot sit separately (unless you want a bodge job with a voice-over), also had to think about viewpoints for scenes etc etc. Not easy, but not impossible when I run stories like a films in my head anyway.

What, if any, information can you divulge about your story for the segment? Will it feature any of your characters and technology or is it all new creations?

Neal: I can’t divulge too much but, yes to the technology and no to the characters found in my books, and of course plenty of the gratuitous violence you’ll find in my stories too.

As Heavy Metal is going to be animated do you have carte blanche with the story or have you been given specific guidelines to follow? Will your segment have to tie in with the others? If so how difficult has that been to co-ordinate with the other writers?

Neal: Not Carte Blanche – I provided stories and a few were selected. As for guidelines, well, as I mentioned above, I was given guidelines for two new stories and produced them. How it will tie together I just don’t know.

Following on from the animated Heavy Metal world would you like to see Blur do some proper adult sci-fi? Would you let them, or another animation studio do something with your novels instead of going down the live-action route?

Neal: Who’s to say this isn’t adult science fiction? I’ve seen the superb artwork that’s been produced for this project, from artists in Blur Studio and scattered about the world, and I’ve seen the kind of CGI Blur produces (just check out so know it won’t be cartoonish. I know that my own stuff has adult themes and assume the same applies to the stuff from the other writers involved. But of course, this being Heavy Metal, there’ll certainly be lashings of sex and violence.

As for Blur or another animation studio doing something with my novels, why not? Certainly I’d like to see them live action, but them being animated doesn’t discount them from that. Quite the reverse in fact – the more visible they are the better.

Which of your books would you like to see made into a film first? If it was to be live action who would be your ideal director?

Neal: Frankly, I don’t know. I would love to see The Skinner turned into a film, but of course I wouldn’t want it turned into a bad film. I’d love to see Cowl on screen because I know for sure that there’s some pretty convincing CGI dinosaurs out there! But I tell you something; I would much rather see the Cormac books turned into five-season TV series since so much would be lost by chopping those books down to fit the film medium. Don’t ask for much do I? As for directors? I just don’t know enough about film land to comment, other than to say I’d want an enthusiast who actually gets it (like Jackson with Lord of the Rings), rather than film by committee.

Who would you like to see play Cormac and who would be the voice of Dragon?

Neal: Before now, while immersed in 24, I’ve said Keifer Sutherland for Cormac, but in the end, just a good actor. Maybe Kevin Mckidd from Rome … I’m just stumbling in the dark here. I visualise Cormac as someone, perhaps, a bit like Steve McQueen. The voice of Dragon? Maybe John Hurt?

Could you let another writer adapt it for the big screen if there was no other way for it to be made or are you a totally hands-on kinda guy?

Neal: I’m a take the money and run kind of guy. Given the chance I’d do the adaptation myself, but I’m not so daft as to think anything I adapt will reach the end of the scripting process un-mauled.

Did Blade Runner influence your universe? Blade Runner could almost be set in the Polity universe during the Quiet War.

Neal: Yeah, Blade Runner had its influence, along with just about any other SF film you could name, or book.

Your Polity novels are all intertwined and the Cormac ones especially are almost like one long (riveting) story. How do you stay on top of everything thats gone beforehand and have you made any slip ups in continuity that have gone to print? Do you get super-geek fans pulling you up on tiny inconsequential details that slip through the net?

Neal: I keep on top of it all by dint of the fact that when a book goes to press I’ve probably reread it between 5 and 10 times. The ‘find’ function in Word comes in mighty handy too. What can I say? This is my job and mistakes like that are only down to me. I read and reread and check until I reach a point where I can’t see anything that needs changing and to continue working at it might lead me to driving a Biro in through my earhole. Yes, the occasional super-geek has come out of the woodwork, but I find a pen through his earhole generally solves that one.

Do you think the Libertarian policy of increasing VAT on non-essential goods and scrapping income tax completely and VAT on essential goods would cut it in the current economic climate?

Neal: I don’t really know for sure. All I do know is that government tax is simply theft with menaces. However, tax of some kind is necessary to run essential services. I question whether nigh on 50% of income is fair (direct and indirect taxes) and just what services are essential. Do we really need a ‘Diversity Progression Manager’ on 40 grand, no, not really.

How would you go about solving the economic crisis and making the UK a better place to live?

Neal: Take a hatchet to thousands of stupid laws and pieces of legislation introduced in this country over the last fifty years, then use it on bureaucracy and the vast army of bureaucrats, use it to chop us away from the EU and the 55 billion we waft its way every year, then finally bury it in Gordon Brown’s head. That would be a good start anyway.

What was the first film you ever watched?

Neal: Shit, I don’t know. I’m old you know. I vaguely recollect seeing the old Journey to the Centre of the Earth when I was very young and shouting, “Look, there’s Freddy Frog!” when one of the plasticine dinosaurs appeared, but don’t know if that was the first.

What are your top 5 films of all time?

Neal: I get asked the same sort of question about books and, as always, the list is ever subject to change. Right now? Terminator, The Last Samurai, Aliens, Schindler’s List, Predator … but ask me the same question tomorrow and you’ll probably get a different answer.

What is your favourite piece of science fiction technology?

Neal: Well, if someone could inject me with a suite of medical nanomachines to repair all the present damage in my body, returning it to that of a twenty-year-old, and then manage to maintain it in that state for the next billion or so years, that’d do.

Who’d win the fight between a Polity Dreadnought and a Contact GSV from the Culture?

Neal: A GSV would dwarf even the largest Polity dreadnoughts, like the Cable Hogue, so I’m guessing the Polity dreadnough would get fried. Unfortunately, while it was getting fried, some sneaky Polity war drone would nip inside the GSV with a sack of CTDs.

If you were Supreme Overlord of the Earth what would your first decree be?

Neal: “Global warming is cancelled, now get a proper job.”

Finally, what books, films and gadgets would you like to get for Christmas?

Neal: I’d love a printer that last a few years beyond its guarantee and doesn’t require ridiculously expensive ink cartridges, but since that’s something you’ll only find in the most far-out science fiction, I guess its unlikely. But really? A few DVDs of things I’ve missed, some catch-up on the latest SF books, a bottle of scotch and no relatives in sight.

Thanks very much for your time Neal. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

There you go. My interview with Neal Asher ladies and gentlemen. Check out Neal’s own blog, The Skinner, if you can. The Cormac books as a TV series would be great. Who do you think would make a good Ian Cormac? The Heavy Metal tale sounds intriguing. Can’t wait to see more on that. For those of you interested in reading some his work here are more of Neal Asher’s Books.

Will you be going to see the new Heavy Metal movie? Have you seen the original? What did you think of the interview? Which is your favourite Asher book? What is the nastiest alien critter that he has created? I’d have to pick the Hooder.

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The Random

Posted by LiveFor on November 14, 2008

Brett Ratner was supposed to have chosen Conan as his next project. But it seems it is a little premature to say that he will definitely be directing. Ratner is not best pleased with the person who released the news early.

Rumour has it that Russell Brand is in talks to play the lead in a remake of Jesus Christ Superstar. Wonder if Jonathan Ross will play Judas?

Heavy Metal publisher and editor Kevin Eastman has announced that Zack Snyder, David Fincher and Gore Verbinski are on board to direct three segments of the currently-in-development revamp of “Heavy Metal”

Ben Stiller’s Animated Master Mind shifts Robert Downey Jr. From ‘Iron Man’ Hero To Supervillain.

“We’re doing it… it’s a go” said Jeffrey Tambor (who plays George Bluth Sr.) about the Arrested Development movie. Collider have the interview. appears to be a viral website for Roland Emmerich’s 2012.

According to THR, Twilight scribe Melissa Rosenberg has signed on to pen the next two screenplays, based on the books New Moon and Eclipse.

Tatantino Archives has said that Eli Roth is directing the “film within the film”of Inglourious Basterds, which stars Daniel Bruhl as a Nazi sniper and a group of GIs on a suicide mission.

Len Wiseman is in talks to helm Motorcade for DreamWorks. Billy Ray’s (Breach, Flightplan) screenplay is an action-thriller about a terrorist group that assaults the President of the United States’ motorcade as it makes its way across Los Angeles.

Steven Spielberg’s newly independent DreamWorks is in talks with Clint Eastwood to direct a supernatural thriller titled Hereafter.

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