Heavy Metal Magazine, the American science fiction and fantasy publication identified for its darkish, dystopian, steampunk and even express comedian model, is trying to increase into the movie and TV manufacturing area.
Heavy Metal will work with Range Media Partners to co-produce initiatives primarily based on its present IP courting again 44 years. The journal’s Moebius-style art work, pioneered by artist Jean Giraud, has impressed science fiction movie classics like “Blade Runner,” the unique “Alien” graphic novel, “Fifth Element” and, in fact, its namesake, the 1981 animated cult movie “Heavy Metal.”
To lead the movie and TV division, Heavy Metal has tapped Tommy Coriale as its president and head of studio. Heavy Metal will proceed to be led and operated by CEO Matthew Medney and “chief creative overlord” and writer David Erwin.
Coriale is the previous head of DIGA Studios (“Scream,” “Teen Wolf”) and has labored throughout all mediums and genres as an government producer for each DIGA’s and Heavy Metal’s slates for scripted, unscripted, podcasting and publishing.
“I am still pinching myself that Heavy Metal is the brand I get to help shepherd off the page,” Coriale stated in a press release. “Joining forces with Matt and David is a dream come true, and now with Range by our side as both partners and facilitators we are poised to make history. Our message to our fans and to Hollywood is one in the same — buckle the f— up, Heavy Metal has arrived.”
“Heavy Metal is one of those moments in time that if presented with, one has to build an army to realize its full potential. There are no better generals I could have imagined acquiring than Peter Micelli, Michael Cooper, Dave Bugliari and the entire Range Media family,” Medney stated in a press release. “And with Tommy Coriale joining my inner circle, we have the pieces in place to launch an all out assault on reshaping and redefining how genre stories are told on the screen.”
“Unlike the other publishers of fiction, Heavy Metal is a destination brand recognized for cutting edge and inventive stories within the sci-fi, fantasy and horror space,” Erwin added. “It has influenced many of Hollywood’s greatest filmmakers over the years, and we’ll continue to be a prime source of inspiration by continuing to deliver our brand promise of great stories and art, as well as maintaining its rock-n-roll attitude of making your parents a bit uncomfortable.”
“Heavy Metal is an institution. They are a treasure chest of brilliant art and stories and creativity. We are honored to build with them and translate their masterworks into other mediums. Their team is incredible and we are proud to partner with them,” Michael Cooper of Range Media Partners stated in a press release.
Medney is the co-founder and CEO of Herø Projects, and he’s written works such because the sci-fi novel “Beyond Kuiper: The Galactic Star Alliance” and the graphic novel “Dark Wing.” He’s additionally written the comedian books “The Red” and the upcoming “The Adventures of Adrienne James,” which he describes as a “female Indiana Jones — in space.”
Erwin is accountable for all artistic methods and franchise constructing throughout the Heavy Metal model. Prior to becoming a member of Heavy Metal, he was artistic lead on Hasbro’s Transformers model, which included further boys’ properties like Micronauts and ROM. Before that, he served as government artistic director of DC Comics for 16 years, constructing out its portfolio of manufacturers with a selected focus of shepherding its premier properties corresponding to Batman, Superman, Green Lantern and extra.
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