Maui wrote:SilentBobX wrote:I fucking LOVE Heavy Metal. Easily in the top 5 of my favorite animated films ever.
AND...it's Canadian made!!!
I did not know that till reading about this Variety article. That and Rock and Rule.
Chairman Kaga wrote:Maui wrote:SilentBobX wrote:I fucking LOVE Heavy Metal. Easily in the top 5 of my favorite animated films ever.
AND...it's Canadian made!!!
I did not know that till reading about this Variety article. That and Rock and Rule.
tapehead wrote:That 5th Element borrowed quite a bit from Heavy Metal has been noted.
DinoDeLaurentiis wrote:tapehead wrote:That 5th Element borrowed quite a bit from Heavy Metal has been noted.
Anna donna forget that a the Moebius, he was inna'volved inna the design of a the both films, eh?
Chairman Kaga wrote:I thought I had read something about Luc Besson being involved with a Heavy Metal sequel years ago (before the 2000 one) that fell through.
Heavy Metal is apparently too heavy for Paramount Pictures. The film's production team is now shopping the flick to other studios after Paramount said they were no longer interested in distributing the animated movie.
According to Hollywood Insider and Blur Studio head Tim Miller, Paramount's new executive team developed a serious case of cold feet after producer/director David Fincher insisted that he wanted a hard 'R' rating for the animated movie, an update of the 1981 cult classic (which, by the way, also had an 'R' rating).
Despite Paramount's lack of testicular fortitude, Miller is confident that a new Heavy Metal movie will get made.
"David really believes in the project," he told Hollywood Insider. "It's just a matter of time."
In my blog posting, I told you about the rumors of Paramount’s vicious fight with Fincher behind the scenes over the running time of the film. We also tried to connect the dots between the departure of Fincher’s planned adaption of Heavy Metal and the rumored fight. Now The Playlist has found an interview with Kevin Eastman, creator of the Ninja Turtles and publisher of Heavy Metal, where he finally confirms the rumors:“We developed it for Paramount in January… And it was time for them to make a decision [about going forward with the project] and they were at odds with Fincher over another project, ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,’ [because] they wanted him to reduce the running time… and so they said, ‘Until you step up to do what we want you to do with Benjamin, we’re not going to greenlight any other of [your] movies.’ And David said, ‘Fine, fuck you, I’m going to set up [Heavy Metal] somewhere else,’ so we jumped over to Sony and set it up there.”
TheButcher wrote:From /film: Confirmed: Paramount Feuds with David Fincher Over Benjamin ButtonIn my blog posting, I told you about the rumors of Paramount’s vicious fight with Fincher behind the scenes over the running time of the film. We also tried to connect the dots between the departure of Fincher’s planned adaption of Heavy Metal and the rumored fight. Now The Playlist has found an interview with Kevin Eastman, creator of the Ninja Turtles and publisher of Heavy Metal, where he finally confirms the rumors:“We developed it for Paramount in January… And it was time for them to make a decision [about going forward with the project] and they were at odds with Fincher over another project, ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,’ [because] they wanted him to reduce the running time… and so they said, ‘Until you step up to do what we want you to do with Benjamin, we’re not going to greenlight any other of [your] movies.’ And David said, ‘Fine, fuck you, I’m going to set up [Heavy Metal] somewhere else,’ so we jumped over to Sony and set it up there.”
Matthew Perpetua wrote: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 fucking animals,” Fincher told MTV.
Dave McNary wrote:Robert Rodriguez has acquired fearture rights to sci-fi fantasy magazine Heavy Metal and plans to develop a large-scale media project and a new animated film.
The filmmaker made the announcment Thursday during his panel at Comic-Con, and announced that he's seeking ideas from fans via a web site.
"I think one of the ideas I always believed in is international artists coming together to show their best work," he said. "And when I ask other fans what they think, they all want to work on it. So I thought it would be really cool if everyone got the chance."
The magazine, which began publishing in 1977 in the United States, specializes in dark fantasy/science-fiction and erotica. It inspired a 1981 animated feature and a 2000 sequel.
Paramount Pictures had announced in 2008 that it was developing an animated film inspired by Heavy Metal with director David Fincher spearheading the project. The film would have consisted of eight or nine animated segments, each directed by a different helmer including Fincher; Kevin Eastman, the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" co-creator who became owner and publisher of Heavy Metal; and Tim Miller, whose Blur Studios was set to handle the animation.
Eastman appeared with Rodriguez at Thursday's event.
"Some of the stories we're working on already, but I'm leaving a slot open for the audience who has been so good to Heavy Metal and who has always believed in Heavy Metal and what it could be," Rodriguez said. "And I think it would be great if we all participated together and made this the best version of Heavy Metal that ever existed."
Rodriguez announced in November that he'd teamed with Gigi Pritzker's OddLot Entertainment and Michel Litvak's Bold Films on Quick Draw Prods., a film production and finance shingle. His fourth "Spy Kids" film -- "Spy: All the Time in the World" -- is set to be released Aug. 19.
Seth Jones wrote:A Heavy Metal movie, a Frank Frazetta art gallery, Sin City 2 and … Machete in space? Director Robert Rodriguez came to Comic-Con International in San Diego loaded with news from his own Quick Draw studios.
Rodriguez showed the crowd a close-up of the Heavy Metal logo set to heavy-metal music. He said Heavy Metal has always been an inspiration to him. He heard murmurs that the property might get dusted off, so he called a friend who put him in touch with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman, who owns the rights.
“I was a huge fan, I bought the first issue off the newsstand in 1967,” said Eastman, who appeared at Rodriguez’s panel. “[Heavy Metal] led me to self-publishing. When it came time to do my own comic book, self-publishing enabled me to keep the profits. So Heavy Metal helped me buy Heavy Metal.”
“I love the idea of artists from all over the word showing off their work,” Rodriguez said. “My think tank always had [Conan creator] Robert Howard, Sin City and Heavy Metal.”
Rodriguez’s next big announcement was a collaboration with the family of legendary fantasy artist Frank Frazetta, who passed away last year. Together they’ll work to create a Frazetta art gallery in Austin, near Rodriguez’s studio.
“I was inspired by [Frazetta] since [age] 11,” he said. “Frank created the look for iconic characters such as Conan, John Carter, Tarzan, Death Dealer … the books flew off the shelves when he did the covers. I worked with him first in 1995 on From Dusk ‘Til Dawn — we made Salma Hayek gain some weight so she’d be more like a Frazetta girl, real curvy.”
Rodriguez introduced Frazetta’s son Billy, who joined him on stage. “As a child growing up, very early, even at age 3 I could see that [my father] was a genius,” Frazetta said. “I was probably 6 when the first cover came out. I was very young when I knew this father of mine was going to be one of the great artists.”
“We want to bring worldwide recognition back to Frazetta,” Rodriguez added. “Frank’s inventiveness and creativeness remains intact. I was surprised by how much of Frank’s original art he still held on to. He never sold them, he wanted fans to come to his gallery and see them.”
Rodriguez said the Frazetta paintings have an even bigger impact when they’re seen in person.
“It was Billy’s idea [to put the gallery in Austin]. That way I can be there … connected with my studio, and control the look and feel of it,” Rodriguez said. “I want, as soon as you walk in, you walk into the Frazetta world.”
“[Frazetta is] one of the main reasons I do what I do,” Rodriguez continued. “This joint venture is going to allow us to generate revenue. So they don’t have to sell the paintings. When you come down to South by Southwest, come down and see the Frazettas.”
Rodriguez also talked about the long-discussed sequel to 2005’s Sin City, which he said possibly could start filming this year.
“Frank [Miller] has written a script for Sin City 2, it’s called A Dame to Kill For. We’re following the [format of the] first one,” the filmmaker explained. “Two stories are new. One is called ‘The Long Bad Night.’ There is a scenario that it could be shot as early as this year. That’s the best scenario. If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen this year.”
Rodriguez talked about how the buzz at Comic-Con helped make the first Sin City a success.
“When I did Sin City, I brought that to show you, I showed pages of the comic, then scenes from the movie,” he said. “That blew the lid off Sin City… people really supported it at the theaters. It’s really hard to predict what an audience is going to want in a year or two.”
Rodriguez thanked the crowd, which filled less than half of the cavernous Hall H, for supporting his 2010 action film Machete. “The DVD went crazy. Thank you for that. Machete will kill again,” he said to applause.
He said the sequel will be called Machete Kills, with a third installment to be titled Machete Kills Again. He joked that the third movie probably would be a space opera that he only makes as a preview for Machete Kills.
“A bad-ass Mexican in space — you don’t see that too often,” Rodriguez laughed.
He then moved on to Spy Kids 4, which will be shot in “aroma-scope.”
“Everyone will get a scratch-and-sniff card,” he said. “The idea was great, the tech has improved, the tech is amazing. There are eight instances throughout the movie when the number flashes, you smell that number. When they have bacon in the morning, you smell the bacon. Even if you’re not a kid, you’re going to be into it, it’s pretty fun. And it’s free. That comes out next month, Aug. 19th.”
Rodriguez talked about how he was the first one to revitalize the 3D craze, when he released Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over eight years ago.
“[But] I gave it to you for free — I gave you the glasses, I paid for those glasses,” he said. “I’m still paying for it!”
Jay A. Fernandez wrote:Tuesday night at the SXSW Film festival, local fixture Robert Rodriguez took to the ACL Live stage at the Moody Theater to announce several new Quickdraw Productions initiatives — and play some rock and roll. Rodriguez is set to launch an animation company called Quickdraw Animation, with two feature-film projects already in the works, as well as a filmmaking contest in partnership with his technology partner AMD.
Part of the SXSW Interactive Festival, the event featured performances by Chingon, which features Rodriguez on guitar, and Tito and Tarantula, both of which appeared on the soundtracks of Desperado, From Dusk Til Dawn and Machete. The pertinent scenes from those movies played on a screen behind the bands as they performed the tunes.
Quickdraw Animation will be its own entity with its own financing and infrastructure devoted to making CG-animated feature films. The first two films are Heavy Metal and a family film, both of which have finished scripts and are moving into storyboard pre-production phases. As part of his continuing DIY methodology, Rodriguezsays that he has found a way to streamline the animation process that will greatly shrink the amount of time it takes to produce one. Exactly how, he won’t say (nor will he give away the family film’s title, which much like Spy Kids, he says, would give away the whole concept), but the writer-director has built an entire career around the DIY method. For the new animation company, he will keep a core group of 6-8animators in-house at his Austin-based Troublemaker Studios to mastermind all the story and visual elements before using sister companies to finish the animation.
The contest with AMD, which launches Wednesday, March 14, asks participants to upload 60-90-second trailers to Facebook that Rodriguez and others will judge. Two-month windows devoted to different regions of the world will open throughout the summer and fall, with winners from each of the four sections chosen to meet with Rodriguez to flesh out their ideas and take home some digital filmmaking gear, including Sony Vegas software and an HP notebook.
One of the four will also be handed a grand prize of access to a complete array of AMD-and-HP-provided editing equipment (the same Rodriguez uses on his films), ongoing mentoring from the writer-director and quarterly meetings with Quickdraw and Troublemaker to get updates on the project. As AMD PR manager Jeff Lowe says, “The goal is to find the next Robert,” a filmmaker who famously made his first movie, El Mariachi, for about $7,250 and continues to do much of the work on his films himself (writing, directing, cinematography, editing, scoring). Winners will be announced at ACL Fest in October.
“It’s an interesting way to reinforce Robert’s brand, especially with El Rey coming out,” says Lowe, referring to the Comcast-Universal network Rodriguez is pulling together for a late 2013 launch.
Sitting in the central conference room of the Troublemaker offices on Monday, Rodriguez was enthusiastic about the possibilities of ElRey, despite being worn out by a late-night practice session with Chingon in preparation for the Tuesday night show. “We need content! Go make stuff and send it! We’ll be the first Cloud network,” he said with a laugh.
Rodriguez says that he pitched the newly merged company,which must host a number of minority-owned channels as part of its programming, on what he views as “Desperado TV,” focused on the critically and perpetually underserved demographic of Latino men. The AMD filmmaking contest is just one of the ways Rodriguez is looking for new talent, but he says he also has seen major interest from A-List Latino creative forces in Hollywood, such as Salma Hayek, Benicio del Toro and Michelle Rodriguez.
“It’s like a switch goes off in their minds, like this is what we’ve been building up to do, is to really step into more of a leadership position in the community to empower and help others,” says Rodriguez. “There’s nobody really operating in that space. That’s where the real growth is, in the Hispanic community. It’s the largest, fastest-growing minority, but there’s nothing really targeting them. There are 500 networks and none of them are doing anything in that area. So that’s what I’m going for right there.”
Beyond its business possibilities, Rodriguez sees El Rey as yet another way to speak to and shape the identities of new generations of young immigrants from South and Central America. “That’s what’s most needed culturally, too,” he says. “You need to help not just reflect that identity but also shape that identity. Because if you ask any Latino, ‘Are you Latino?’ they might say, ‘Well, I don’t really speak Spanish, I’m not really American, I’m floating in between, and I’m not on TV, so I must not exist.’ It would change people’s view of themselves if they finally exist in this space.”
Additionally on the film front, Rodriguez says that Machete 2 starts shooting in April and Sin City 2, after several fits and starts, is likely to begin production over the summer. He’s thus far mum on casting, though he was willing to indicate that discussions with potential stars of both projects will be of the same caliber and eclecticism as the first films, which featured Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Robert De Niro, Lindsay Lohan, Josh Hartnett, Don Johnson and Steven Seagal.
The prolific filmmaker has two sequels in his immediate future, to be followed by an animated film that pays tribute to the work of iconic artist Frank Frazetta.
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