Rutger Hauer to Show the French the Proper Way to Wield Heavy Metal

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Some big casting news coming in for the French television production “Metal Hurlant Chronicles” (“Heavy Metal”), a live-action TV skein based on the French anthology of sci-fi/fantasy graphic novels. Read on for details.

According to Variety Scott Adkins (The Expendables 2), Michael Jai White (Spawn, Black Dynamite), Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner), Joe Flanigan (“Stargate Atlantis) and James Marsters (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) have all joined the international cast of Guillaume Lubrano’s sci-fi TV series.

“Metal Hurlant Chronicles” is based on the French sci-fi and fantasy comics anthology that was published in the U.S. as “Heavy Metal.”

Earlier this year Universal Pictures Germany picked up home video and VOD rights for the first two seasons (comprising 12 half-hours). Sony Pictures Television nabbed the series for distribution in various European territories, notably Germany, Austria, German-speaking Switzerland and Luxembourg via its pay TV network.

The first season will be delivered in April, and the second will bow in November 2012. Each episode will adapt stories from the original graphic novels.

Created by comic artists Jean Giraud (aka Moebius) and Philippe Druillet in 1974, “Metal Hurlant” became a sci-fi phenom in the 1980s.

Rutger Hauer to Show the French the Proper Way to Wield Heavy Metal

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