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‘Heavy Metal’ Adds Cameron, Verbinksi, Snyder as Directors

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Later today you’ll have the chance to read our full interview with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman, but I figured I’d whet your appetite by sharing the news that not only is the project on track with David Fincher behind the wheel, but that James Cameron, Zack Snyder and Gore Verbinski have all signed on to direct segments of Heavy Metal.

These are Eastman’s own words:

I’ve got breaking news that Fincher and James Cameron are going to be Co-Executive Producers on the film. Fincher will direct one. Cameron will direct one. Zack Snyder is going to direct one and Gore Verbinski is going to. Mark Osborne and Jack Black from Tenacious D are going to do a comedy segment for the film. Three other directors have agreed but we haven’t signed them, but they’re equally as jaw-dropping. So we’re on cloud nine to be working with such an amazing amount of talent.”

We’ve known for a bit that Verbinski and Snyder had been involved, but James Cameron’s involvement is news to me. A bit earlier is was reported that Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda) would also be directing a segment, but teaming up with Jack Black again could definitely be awesome.

This is incredible. “An amazing amount of talent,” is probably the only way I’d know how to describe that group of directors. Scoring James Cameron not only as an Executive Producer, but also as a director for one of the segments is a major win. Although, considering the subject matter, I could see how Cameron’s love of science fiction solidified his involvement.

I think I’m on cloud nine right now, too.

What do you think?

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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