Filed under: Features | Tags: Guillaume Lubrano, James Marsters, Jim Alexander, Metal Hurlant, Michael Biehn, Michael Jai White, Something Bloody Awesome, Whisky in the Jar
A new show starting tonight on SyFy is Metal Hurlant Chronicles – based on the French anthology from 70’s/80’s and again from 2002 – 2004 which was picked up in the 70’s and released in the US under the title Heavy Metal.
The show itself has been a labour of love for Director/Producer/Writer Guillaume Lubrano, a lifelong fan of the original material and a man with a clear vision of how this title can succeed among the TV audiences and maybe one day resurrect the title in print. I recently met up with Guillaume and Scotland’s own Jim Alexander (Planet Jimbot) as they attended the Something Bloody Awesome sci-fi/comic con in Edinburgh last weekend (12th/13th April). The pair have been working together to adapt two of Jim’s own stories from Metal Hurlant into episodes that appear in the show – “King’s Crown” (season 1) and “Whisky in the Jar” (season 2).
A panel on the Sunday would give them both the chance to talk about the show, about Jim’s stories and about Guillaume’s struggle to bring his vision to the small screen. We were even fortunate enough to see two of the episodes that will appear – “Whisky in the Jar” and “The Endomorphe”. Two very different stories showcasing the range of genre and acting power that’s been involved in the show – Michael Biehn, James Marsters, Michael Jai White and many more combine in everything from Western to medieval and of course sci-fi.
A look at that first trailer below will give you an idea of just how that first season will shape up:
Then there’s the trailer for “Whisky in the Jar” which was excellent when it was shown at SBA…..a UK exclusive and well worth a watch.
Season 1 & 2 will air over the coming months on Sci-fi and here’s hoping that there’s more to come as Season 3 could be bigger and better. A worthwhile pay-off for Guillaume given his initial struggle to get funding (the pilot was self-funded) and then the savvy planning to stretch out their budget and create a series with bags of potential. Twilight Zone/X-Files type feel to it as each episode is its own self contained story but all connected within a single universe meaning that you’ll be able to spot those connections if you’re smart enough to make this a series you’ll regularly catch.
Catch this on Monday’s night on Syfy and hopefully online, on DVD & Blu-ray sometime soon too.
See SyFy’s website for more info
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