Paramount has apparently lost its balls.
Back in March, we reported that Par was going to be taking a stab at remaking the 1981 film "Heavy Metal," and that director David Fincher was attached to helm the project.
However, according to Entertainment Weekly's "Hollywood Insider," it looks like thanks to their new and apparently gutless production execs, Paramount has decided that doing a remake of the R-rated animated flick might be "too risque" for modern day audiences:
The project is an amaglam of erotic and violent storylines penned by well-known sci-fi scribes like Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Joe Haldeman (The Forever War), and Neal Asher (Gridlinked). The concept is to use eight to 10 of these shorts in a single movie with each segment helmed by a different director (Fincher is on deck to direct one).
So Fincher and current Heavy Metal publisher Kevin Eastman are now hitting the street, shopping the script around in the hopes that another studio will pick up the project.
Have we really regressed so far? Are we now more politically correct than we were in the 80's, or are the new execs at Paramount more concerned about preserving their newly upholstered asses?
Either way, I'm not a fan of remaking stuff that we've already seen, as creativity and originality take a back seat to good old corporate greed, while the studios pander to ignorant audiences nostalga. There are plenty of good stories out there that can and should be told. There is no need to re-visit stuff we've seen before.
If we find anything new about this project, we'll report it here.
As always, stay tuned.