The sci-fi series Métal Hurlant Chronicles (Heavy Metal Chronicles) is already getting the reboot treatment, despite the show being barely two years old. But this time they're bringing a Doctor Who writer along for the ride.
Yep, you read that right.
Deadline reports that Transporter series producer Atlantique Productions has signed Doctor Who and Being Human scribe Jamie Mathieson to script its brand-new take on the sci-fi comic brand.
Métal Hurlant: Origins will be a an English-language co-production with Paris-based WE Productions, the producers of the initial series. The first two seasons aired on France 4, and on Syfy in the good ol’ U.S. of A in 2012 and 2014.
The sci-fi TV series was based on the French sci-fi and horror comics anthology created back in 1974 by Jean Giraud (aka Mœbius), Philippe Druillet, Jean-Pierre Dionnet and Bernard Farkas. It had a small cult following and included some awesome genre actors, such as Michael Jai White (Spawn, Arrow), James Marsters (Buffy, Angel, Torchwood), Joe Flanigan (Stargate: Atlantis) and Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner, True Blood).
In the original series, each episode consisted of a self-contained story taking place on a different planet with different characters. These episodes were ultimately linked by the concept that an asteroid — the titular Métal Hurlant — passes that particular planet during the events of the story, changing the destiny of anybody whose path it crosses.
Atlantique says that a key aspect of the show’s new incarnation is that it will depart from the anthology format used in the first two seasons to become more of a serialized story, complete with a seasonal arc, as well as a recurring cast of characters.
The one-hour-long series is currently in development, with production eyed for early 2015 and delivery in the third quarter.
Here’s what head writer Mathieson said:
“Métal Hurlant is an iconic comic and the wellspring from which a lot of fledgling UK comics talent took their inspiration. Without Heavy Metal there would be no 2000AD, no Judge Dredd and my childhood would be a much duller place. I am therefore immensely proud to have been invited to helm this redefinition of one small corner of the immensity that is the Heavy Metal universe.”
What do you guys think of this Métal Hurlant Chronicles reboot and the new format?