Sony Pictures TV nabs ‘Metal Hurlant’

Skein goes to German-speaking territories, Luxembourg

PARIS — Sony Pictures Television has acquired French sci-fi TV series “Metal Hurlant Chronicles” for distribution in various European territories.

SPT will roll out the skein in Germany, Austria, German-speaking Switzerland and Luxembourg via its pay TV network.

Deal also includes distribution across Central Europe, including Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Moldavia.

Show has already been pre-bought in more than 22 territories.

Based on a French anthology of sci-fi/fantasy graphic novels, “Metal Hurlant Chronicles” is helmed by Guillaume Lubrano and produced by French DVD house We Prods. and publisher Les Humanoides Associes.

Repped by The Licensing Machine, the commercial arm of the Panini Group, the series’ first two seasons, comprising 12 half-hour episodes, will be delivered next January in French and English. Each episode will adapt stories from the original graphic novels.

“Metal Hurlant,” which was co-created by comic artists Jean Giraud (aka Moebius) and Philippe Druillet in 1974, became a popular anthology for sci-fi fans in the 1980s.

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