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Par, Fincher put pedal to ‘Metal’

Eastman, Miller to direct animated segments

Paramount Pictures will make an animated film inspired by the ’70s sci-fi fantasy magazine Heavy Metal, with director David Fincher spearheading the project.

“Heavy Metal” will be stamped by the erotic and violent storylines and images that remain the trademark of a magazine that debuted in the U.S. in 1977. The mag introduced the works of American artists and writers such as Robert Silverberg, Harlan Ellison and H.R. Giger.

The film will consist of eight or nine individual animated segments, each of which will be directed by a different helmer.

Fincher will direct one of the segments; Kevin Eastman, the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” co-creator who is now owner and publisher of Heavy Metal, will direct another. So will Tim Miller, whose Blur Studios will handle the animation for what is being conceived as an R-rated, adult-themed feature.

Fincher, Eastman and Miller will produce the film. The studio will lock in the other directors shortly. The mag previously spawned a 1981 animated feature and 2000 sequel.

Fincher, who directed “Zodiac” for Par, recently wrapped the Brad Pitt-Cate Blanchett starrer “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” which Par releases Dec. 19. Fincher recently became attached to direct Paramount’s adaptation of the Charles Burns graphic novel “Black Hole” and is also developing “Torso” and “The Killer” for the studio.

Miller is writing, directing and producing a feature-length version of “Rockfish.” Blur has also been responsible for animating such videogames as “Transformers: The Game,” based on the hit pic from DreamWorks and Paramount.

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