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Watch Michael Jai White Engage In Swordplay In Teaser Trailer For "Métal Hurlant" ("Heavy Metal")

by Tambay A. Obenson
October 25, 2011 1:59 AM
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Announced at MIPCom (the annual TV and entertainment market held in Cannes in October), Michael Jai White stars (alongside Rutger Hauer, Scott Adkins, Joe Flanigan and James Marsters) in a live-action TV series adaptation of the Métal Hurlant Chronicles fantasy comics magazine.

France-based WE Productions, and Panini U.K. Media are behind the sci-fi adventure series which was previously shopped around, with the first 2 seasons (12 episodes for each - or 24 total) already ordered, to be delivered in Spring 2012 (season 1) and then November 2012 (season 2), but, as of right now, will only be seen in Europe.

Will they travel? I would assume so, given the talent in front of the camera, and how familiar they are with the Stateside audiences. But who knows... depends on whether a US-based network is interested enough to pick the series up.

Guillaume Lubrano
, whose IMDB credits list only this project, will direct the episodes, which will be in both French and English.

I should note that Métal Hurlant (which literally translates as Howling Metal) is essentially the French originator of what we know as Heavy Metal fantasy comics magazine, here in the west.

A blend of dark fantasy, science fiction and erotica, 2 feature films have been produced based on the comic - in 1981 and in 2000, both animated. Most recently, in 2008, David Fincher was said to be developing an R-rated animated feature based on the work; but it looks like that project may be dead; and this year, Robert Rodriguez expressed his interest in the project at Comic Con in July.

As for what role Michael Jai White plays in the French/UK-produced TV adaptation... no word on that yet.

What we do have is a first-look at the what the series will look like, which follows below; and, well, uh... let's just say that if it does air in the USA, it looks like it'll make for perfect Sunday afternoon programming on the SyFy Channel.

Any fans of the comic book?

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  • VichusSmith | October 25, 2011 2:34 AMReply

    To finally clear up my confusion, is this the same Heavy Metal, as in the Heavy Metal with bikini cavewomen riding dragons?

    I have never heard about Metal Hurlant, but I do know of Heavy Metal the magazine. I have never read it. I also have not watched the animated movies.

    The trailer? It looks pretty ridiculous. The action is solid, but that's to be expected from great martial artists. Altogether, it just looks like an odd music video based on Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Really silly.

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