The French Get Heavy with New Series – Metal Hurlant Chronicles

Time for a little French flavor to kick off your Thursday! Hold the escargot of course. Still can’t believe people eat those friggin’ things. I mean really.

According to Variety French DVD house We Prods. is partnering with publisher United Humanoids to produce “Metal Hurlant Chronicles” (“Heavy Metal”), a live-action TV skein based on a French anthology of sci-fi/fantasy graphic novels. Directed by Guillaume Lubrano, co-founder of We Prods., each half-hour will be shot in English and French and will cover one or two stories adapted from the original graphic novels.

After presenting the pilot to buyers at Mipcom in October, the company pre-sold the show in more than 20 territories, including Italy, Germany, Poland and Russia. The shingle is negotiating with a French TV channel and a U.S. distributor.

The two-part pilot, “Red Light” and “Cold Hard Facts,” stars David Belle (The Prince of Persia) and Jean Yves Berteloot (The Da Vinci Code). The series’ first two seasons, comprising 12 episodes, will be delivered next January.

United Humanoids was set up by comic artists Jean Giraud (aka Moebius) and Philippe Druillet, among others. Launched in 1974, “Metal Hurlant” became a popular anthology for sci-fi fans in the 1980s.

Check out two teasers below. Not sure how horror-centric this will be, but things are looking appropriately dark.

The French Get Heavy with New Series - Metal Hurlant Chronicles

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  • Caterpillar

    I have a hard time wrapping my mind around HEAVY METAL being turned into a TV series. Most of the stories would get an instant NC-17 from the MPAA if adapted in a way that’s at least halfway true to the source material.