Fincher talks Heavy Metal
It looks as though David Fincher's plans for his Heavy Metal adaptation aren't going particularly well. He's been talking about the film and revealing that there doesn't seem to be any funding for the project.
However he's positive, and the news of potential other directors on the project makes you think that this might turn out to be an interesting project.
David Fincher has been talked about in regards adapting the cult magazine Heavy Metal for some time, it was to be at Paramount right after The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, but a falling out seems to have happened about the running time of the film and Fincher was threatening to take the film to Sony. Kevin Eastman, the publisher of Heavy Metal, said the following back in September:
"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, [expletive removed - Richard] you, I'm going to set up [Heavy Metal] somewhere else,' so we jumped over to Sony and set it up there."
Now we're not exactly sure who's dealing with the project and what's happening, but MTV through The Playlist have a couple of comments from David Fincher, one of the directors. He reveals that it's going to be a number of short films together like Creepshow, and he said that funding was proving difficult:
"We're still trying to get that made..."
That sounds slightly positive, and the following comments about the film can get you a little more excited, but watch how it ends.
"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."
That sounds great if those directors are really keen on making some of the stories. With Zack Snyder, Gore Verbinski and David Fincher? They are some great names there, and taking the Metal Magazine darker stories of science fiction and fantasy mixed with a healthy degree of erotica to the big screen could really deliver something special.
However right now the studios don't seem to think so and there's no chance of the film being made without that funding. Perhaps with more big name directors attached to the project that could attract the funding needed.