BERLIN — Universal Pictures Germany has acquired home video and VOD rights to French sci-fi TV series “Metal Hurlant Chronicles.”

Deal, inked with The Licensing Machine, the licensing division of the Panini Group, includes rights for Germany and German-speaking Europe for the first two seasons of the show.

Season 1 will comprise six half-hour episodes produced in HD and will be followed by a second season in the same format.

Based on the French sci-fi and fantasy comics anthology (published in the U.S. as “Heavy Metal”), “Metal Hurlant Chronicles” is helmed by Guillaume Lubrano and produced by French DVD house We Prods. and publisher Humanoids.

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

The U.S. magazine also inspired the 1981 animated film “Heavy Metal.”

Elsa Keslassy in Cannes contributed to this report.