Doctor Who and Being Human writer Jamie Mathieson has signed on to reboot the sci-fi series Metal Hurlant Chronicles. The Twilight Zone-style anthology aired in two six-episode series that went form deep space to the old west to a bomb shelter. It ran on SyFy earlier this year along with on French broadcaster France 4 and Sony Picture Televisions Pay-TV networks.
Now Atlantique Productions (Transporter, Borgias) have joined with the original producer WE Productions to reboot the series as Metal Hurlant: Origins. Each episode will expand to 45 minutes (originally 22) and will be a serialized story with recurring characters and a seasonal story arc.
"Metal Hurlant is an iconic comic and the wellspring from which a lot of fledgling U.K. comics talent took their inspiration," says Mathieson. "Without Heavy Metal there would be no 2000 A.D., no Judge Dredd and my childhood would be a much duller place. I am therefore immensely proud to have been invited to helm this redefinition of one small corner of the immensity that is the Heavy Metal universe."
The series is based on the original Metal Hurlant magazine published by Humanoids. It was published in Britain under the name Heavy Metal.
Metal Hurlant: Origins is currently in development and set to go into production in early 2015.