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Heavy Metal announces ‘Metalverse’ TV and movies coming soon

‘Metalverse’ ‘Metalverse’ live-action and animated movies and TV shows based coming soon.

Press Release

Heavy Metal Entertainment has revealed they have big plans going forward with film and TV shows as part of a Metalverse. Under its studio division Heavy Metal Studios, the news was announced at the ‘Forging the Future’ panel on Thursday afternoon at San Diego Comic-Con.

“Just as Heavy Metal Magazine changed the way the world looked at comic books and how the ‘81 animated film Heavy Metal changed animation forever, Heavy Metal Studios is about to take the reins on live-action content and push it far past its current stagnation and into new heights. Things will never be the same again, again,” said Tommy Coriale, Heavy Metal’s President and Head of Studio.

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Along with the announcement was a sizzle reel, which brings to life a whole slate of adaptations from Heavy Metal’s IP library, including Taarna (by Stephanie Phillips and more), Cold Dead War (by George C. Romero and more), Dark Wing (by CEO Matthew Medney), Arena Mode (by Blake Northcott), The Adventures of Adrienne James (by Matthew Medney and Bruce Edwards), Sun Eater (by Dylan Sprouse and Joe Harris) The Rise (by George C. Romero), and Savage Circus (by Brendan Columbus). Check that out below.

Heavy Metal announces 'Metalverse' TV and movies coming soon

You can still catch Heavy Metal via signings and panels at San Diego Comic-Con. Check out the schedule below.

Sunday, July 24th Signings

  • Brendan Columbus: 11:00am – 12:00pm (writer: Savage Circus)
  • Dan Fogler: 2:00pm – 3:00pm (writer: Moon Lake, Brooklyn Gladiator, FishKill; actor: Fantastic Beasts, The Walking Dead, The Offer)
  • Matthew Medney: 4:00pm – 5:00pm (Heavy Metal’s CEO; writer: Beyond Kuiper, Dark Wing, The Adventures of Adrienne James)

HEAVY METAL’S PANEL SCHEDULE:

Saturday, July 23rd:

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Room: 28DE: Heavy Metal Launching New Voices
Heavy Metal has launched many careers in the worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. Come meet some of the new faces launching into the world of comics. Learn what it takes to start a career in this industry. Moderated by GlobalComix’s Eric Tapper with the following panelists: Joseph Illidge (Heavy Metal’s Executive Editor; writer: MPLS Sound), Blake Northcott (writer: Arena Mode, Heavy Metal Magazine, Catwoman), Gideon Kendall (writer/artist: WHATZIT, Marley’s Ghost, MAD Magazine), Brendan Columbus (writer: Savage Circus), and Tehani Farr (artist: Heavy Metal Magazine).

For more on this news, read the official press release below.

SAN DIEGO, CA – Heavy Metal Entertainment, the premier storyteller of cutting-edge science fiction, fantasy, and horror, announced the ‘Metalverse’, a slate of live action and animated TV shows and films at the company’s ‘Forging the Future’ panel on Thursday afternoon at San Diego Comic Con. The publisher, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary, is known for being the home of the legendary illustrated Heavy Metal Magazine and the source for the cult classic animated film Heavy Metal (1981). Now the iconic company looks to the future with a lineup of film and television projects, under its studio division Heavy Metal Studios, as well as its upcoming publishing projects.

Heavy Metal’s President and Head of Studio Tommy Coriale presented a sizzle reel (available to watch on YouTube HERE) which features new live action test footage of Taarna, the fierce heroine originating from the 1981 Heavy Metal film, arming herself and fighting in battle, replicating the famed pose from the movie poster astride her pterodactyl Avis. The video also includes inspirational clips that bring to life a whole slate of adaptations from Heavy Metal’s vast IP library, including Taarna (by Stephanie Phillips and more), Cold Dead War (by George C. Romero and more), Dark Wing (by CEO Matthew Medney), Arena Mode (by Blake Northcott), The Adventures of Adrienne James (by Matthew Medney and Bruce Edwards), Sun Eater (by Dylan Sprouse and Joe Harris) The Rise (by George C. Romero), and Savage Circus (by Brendan Columbus).

Heavy Metal announces 'Metalverse' with live action and animation TV and movies coming soon

At the panel, attendees were also treated to a sneak peek of the upcoming Heavy Metal animated television series Moon Lake, created by award-winning actor-writer Dan Fogler and based on his anthology graphic novel series. The horror comedy television series, currently in development and seeking distribution, is being co-produced by Heavy Metal, Fogler, Emmy and Peabody-winning Executive Producer Daniel Powell, and Emmy Award-winning animation studio Bardel Entertainment, the studio behind hit shows like Rick and Morty and Teen Titans Go!. Moon Lake is a thirty-minute animated TV show hosted by the Man in the Moon, a farcical character reminiscent of iconic TV anthology hosts of the past who has been held captive by “moon-men” since childhood. He prevents these aliens from attacking Earth by keeping them endlessly entertained with shocking tales of gruesome horror and hilarity. 

“Just as Heavy Metal Magazine changed the way the world looked at comic books, and how the ‘81 animated film Heavy Metal changed animation forever, Heavy Metal Studios is about to take the reins on live action content and push it far past its current stagnation and into new heights. Things will never be the same again, again,” said Tommy Coriale, Heavy Metal’s President and Head of Studio.

Heavy Metal CEO Matthew Medney took the podium to announce Metal+, a brand-new Web3 and blockchain-based publishing arm of the company, which will allow fans to digitally purchase and own current and past issues of Heavy Metal Magazine and Heavy Metal’s comics. In partnership with Everscapes.io, Metal+ will offer both first-time users and current crypto natives the ability to be able to collect, trade, and share comics and magazine issues, providing a digital solution for comic asset value. Partnering with Stripe payments, Metal+ will accept credit card purchases along with crypto spends. Metal + will be based on the Elysium Blockchain, powered by the Myth Token , which is 100% green and carbon neutral. 

“Heavy Metal has been on a journey for five decades to be on the bolder side of culture while never leaving the bleeding edge of innovation. Metal+ is the vision for the future in the grander digital revolution,” said Heavy Metal CEO Matthew Medney. “Figuring out how to adapt our stories to this digital medium without losing what is magical about paper books is what is so exciting about Metal+. This is just the beginning of a three year plan to bring Aragorn back to the throne of Minas Tirith. So much science fiction has filtered through and bled on the pages of Heavy Metal, it’s time for us to now take center stage in page to screen(s) imagination.”

The ‘Forging the Future’ panel, which was moderated by Heavy Metal’s Associate Publisher & Chief Sales Officer Kris Longo and included Medney, Coriale, Heavy Metal’s Publisher and Chief Creative Overlord David Erwin, Executive Editor Joseph Illidge, Dan Fogler (Moon Lake, Brooklyn Gladiator, FishKill), and Blake Northcott (Arena Mode), also gave the audience a taste of the future of Heavy Metal publishing. Not only is Heavy Metal Magazine being published monthly for the first time in 35 years, but also the publisher is debuting exciting new series like this summer’s Entropy, written by Christopher Priest (Black Adam, Black Panther). A stunning sci-fi miniseries about what happens when someone gets ultimate power, Entropy is inspired by the likes of Green Lantern and Breaking Bad. Executive Editor Joseph Illidge also teased a little about Fall Out Boy Joe Trohman and actor-comedian Brian Posehn’s The Axe horror-comedy series, Dan Schaffer’s cyberpunk series Wiremonkeys, Morgan Rosenblum and Øwen Rosenblum’s futuristic Fast & Furious-inspired series Ramgod, and an unsettling horror series about nightmarish deities, A Darker God. Heavy Metal also announced that it will be publishing a 30th anniversary book about Tripwire, the beloved British publication and site that covers all things pop culture. More on these fronts to come soon!

San Diego Comic Con attendees can visit Heavy Metal at Booth #1529 where the company is selling books and merchandise, including convention exclusives like special editions of best selling issues of the magazine and comics and new apparel celebrating the publisher’s 45th anniversary this year. Fans can also purchase tickets for the Heavy Metal Live Hornblower Boat Party, taking place this Saturday July 23rd at 7pm PST in San Diego Harbor. In partnership with iBoatNYC, the concert cruise will feature sets from the popular DJ Matt Steffanina and electronic artist Doll Machine. Ticket packages start at $34.96 HERE. 

Book signings from Heavy Metal’s acclaimed talent will also take place at Booth #1529 with the following updated schedule:

Friday, July 22nd Signings

  • Gideon Kendall: 12:00pm – 1:00pm (writer/artist: WHATZIT, Marley’s Ghost, MAD Magazine)
  • Isaac and Esau Escorza: 2:00pm – 3:00pm (artists: Heavy Metal Magazine, The Door, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin)
  • Blake Northcott: 4:00pm – 5:00pm (writer: Arena Mode, Heavy Metal Magazine, Catwoman)
  • Fernando Perez and Suzy Stein: 6:00pm – 7:00pm (Entity Eye Entertaiment)

Saturday, July 23rd Signings

  • Gideon Kendall: 11:00am – 12:00pm (writer/artist: WHATZIT, Marley’s Ghost, MAD Magazine)
  • Brendan Columbus: 1:00pm – 2:00pm (writer: Savage Circus)
  • Dan Fogler: 2:00pm – 3:00pm (writer: Moon Lake, Brooklyn Gladiator, FishKill; actor: Fantastic Beasts, The Walking Dead, The Offer)
  • Tehani Farr: 3:00pm – 4:00pm (artist: Heavy Metal Magazine)

Sunday, July 24th Signings

  • Brendan Columbus: 11:00am – 12:00pm (writer: Savage Circus)
  • Dan Fogler: 2:00pm – 3:00pm (writer: Moon Lake, Brooklyn Gladiator, FishKill; actor: Fantastic Beasts, The Walking Dead, The Offer)
  • Matthew Medney: 4:00pm – 5:00pm (Heavy Metal’s CEO; writer: Beyond Kuiper, Dark Wing, The Adventures of Adrienne James)

HEAVY METAL’S PANEL SCHEDULE:

Friday, July 22nd:

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Room: 28DE: The History of Heavy Metal: The World’s Greatest Illustrated Magazine
Heavy Metal has had a significant impact on modern mythology and pop culture as a whole. From the countless references to the careers it’s touched, Heavy Metal has inspired generations of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror creators around the world. Join us as we take a look at that rich history. Moderated by esteemed journalist Rob Salkowitz with the following panelists: Matthew Medney (Heavy Metal’s CEO; writer: Beyond Kuiper, Dark Wing, The Adventures of Adrienne James), David Erwin (Heavy Metal’s Publisher and Chief Creative Overlord), Dan Fogler (writer: Moon Lake, Brooklyn Gladiator, FishKill; actor: Fantastic Beasts, The Walking Dead, The Offer), and Isaac and Esau Escorza (artists: Heavy Metal Magazine, The Door, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin).

Saturday, July 23rd:

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Room: 28DE: Heavy Metal Launching New Voices
Heavy Metal has launched many careers in the worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. Come meet some of the new faces launching into the world of comics. Learn what it takes to start a career in this industry. Moderated by GlobalComix’s Eric Tapper with the following panelists: Joseph Illidge (Heavy Metal’s Executive Editor; writer: MPLS Sound), Blake Northcott (writer: Arena Mode, Heavy Metal Magazine, Catwoman), Gideon Kendall (writer/artist: WHATZIT, Marley’s Ghost, MAD Magazine), Brendan Columbus (writer: Savage Circus), and Tehani Farr (artist: Heavy Metal Magazine).

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