Fox Digital Studio, Heavy Metal Media, and 4th Row Films are developing a documentary feature film about sci-fi fantasy magazine Heavy Metal, with Douglas Tirola attached to direct.
Tirola has directed six feature documentaries including A&E IndieFilms’ “Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead” about comedy publication and production company, National Lampoon, and “Brewmaster,” which had its world premiere at this year’s SXSW and is being released by The Orchard.
Tirola has also produced over a dozen films, most recently the 2018 documentary “Bisbee ‘17.”
The influence and culture surrounding Heavy Metal magazine helped popularize high art comics when it premiered in 1977 as a publisher of science fiction, fantasy, and horror illustrations from around the world.
In 1981, the animation from the magazine was used to create the Ivan Reitman film “Heavy Metal,” and its prominence helped popularize the musical genre phrase “heavy metal.”
The magazine has also been cited as an inspiration for filmmakers including Ridley Scott, Guillermo del Toro, and James Cameron.
Read the story at Variety.
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