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What Is “The Metal Hurlant Chronicles”?

You know, I really have to stop getting excited about things that will probably turn out to suck.

History time kids! -No wait, come back, it will be quick- Back in the mid 70’s a comic magazine by the name of Métal Hurlant (Howling Metal) began being published by the French. -No wait, come back, this is something cool they created. Like kissing and fries.- It was ground breaking, moral shaking and, just simply really cool for the time. Eventually it was adapted into an American version called Heavy Metal, that was much the same and great throughout the 80’s. Heavy Metal was adapted by Canadians into an animated movie by the same name in 1981 (which was awesome) and then in 2000 (Heavy Metal 2000 aka Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K.²) by 50% of the TMNT creative time (and current owner, editor and publisher of the magazine) Kevin Eastman. The second Heavy Metal movie was not awesome.

Now? Word has it that that a live-action TV series based on Métal Hurlant went into production in France. A French-United Kingdom co-production. 24 half hour episodes to be broken up over two seasons, scheduled for European delivery in April 2012 and November 2012 respectively. Featured actors include Rutger Hauer, Scott Adkins, Michael Jai White, Joe Flanigan and James Marsters.

You may have lost me at ‘France’ but you had me at Rutger Hauer and Michael Jai White.

Let’s what the trailer! It’s after the jump.

Ooooooooooooooookay. What the crap did I just watch? So it’s 300, but with steampunk robots. Ready for more confusion? Here is a production still I found:

Oh, that makes more sense now. A spaceman holding half a metal detector up to some sort of Soviet Union era pop machine. I see what this is not, its… something. I assume its going to be an anthology series? Run the gambit between high fantasy and science fiction. Swords and sorcery, spaceships and ray guns. There is going to be boobs in it, right? If there are boobs in it I might watch it, and by watch I mean fast forward, pause. Rinse and repeat.

Further cast announcements will be made at the end of the year. Guillaume Lubrano, Pierre Spengler and Fabrice Giger will produce. If you know who those french guys are, make sure you remind them about the boobs.

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