The Adult Illustrated Fantasy Magazine Fan Page

Basic Information

Release Date - March 15, 2019 on the Netflix streaming media service for season 1. May 14, 2021 for season 2

Running Time - ~327min. (2 seasons, 26 episodes, 6-18min. each)

Netflix Maturity Rating - TV-MA (Violence, Nudity, Language, Gore, Smoking)

Distributor - Netflix

The Internet Movie Database

Additional Information

This show wasn't made by Heavy Metal or from any story in the magazine, but it started out as a Heavy Metal project. Around 2005, the owner of Heavy Metal, Kevin Eastman, started the idea to make a new $50 million R rated anthology movie, together with Tim Miller & Blur Studios doing the animation. There would be 8 or 9 segments, many of which would be written for the movie and not based on stories from the magazine. One story was going to be a segment based on Gaiking. Director David Fincher got on board, and with his experience, he took lead of this project. The movie was picked up by Paramount Pictures and was set to release in 2010. In addition to Fincher, Miller, and Eastman directing a segment, they also got Zack Snyder, Gore Verbinski, Mark Osborne, James Cameron, and Jeff Fowler to sign on to direct. Guillermo del Toro was also interested in directing a segment. They got writers Marc Laidlaw, Jhonen Vasquez, and Neal Asher. Jack Black was supposed to lend his talent to the Osborne segment. However, even with all this talent attached to the film, it sat in pre-production limbo for years as they tried to convince a financer that an R rated, anthology animation could turn a profit. Then in 2011 director Robert Rodriguez acquired the rights for the film, making the David Fincher version dead. Or at least this version of it. After severing ties with Heavy Metal, the project continued to evolve, until it became Love, Death & Robots on Netflix. Executive producers David Fincher and Tim Miller stayed on. Blur Studios still animated some of the stories. The show lost most of its big named directors, and it's hard to say what stories, if any, made it from the Heavy Metal days. But the concept is still very much the same.
Love, Death & Robots