Announced at the last MIPCom (the annual TV and entertainment market held in Cannes in October), Michael Jai White stars (alongside Rutger Hauer, Scott Adkins, Joe Flanigan and James Marsters) in a live-action TV series adaptation of the Métal Hurlant Chronicles fantasy comics magazine.
France-based WE Productions, and Panini U.K. Media are behind the sci-fi adventure series which was previously shopped around, with the first 2 seasons (12 episodes for each – or 24 total) already ordered, to be delivered in Spring 2012 (season 1) and then November 2012 (season 2), but, as of right now, hasn’t aired anywhere.
Skip ahead almost a year later, since we last wrote about this, with news that the series is much closer to making its debut, after having been sold to a number of international territories – primarily in Europe, starting with France, its original home.
Will the series travel? We would assume so, given the talent in front of the camera, and how familiar they are with the Stateside audiences. But who knows. It depends on whether a US-based network is interested enough to pick the series up.
Guillaume Lubrano is series director, which will be in both French and English.
We should note that Métal Hurlant (which literally translates as Howling Metal) is the French originator of what we know as Heavy Metal fantasy comics magazine, here in the west.
As for what role Michael Jai White plays in the French/UK-produced TV adaptation, no word on that yet.
What we do have is a look at the what the series will look like, which follows below; if it does air in the USA, it looks like it’ll make for perfect Sunday afternoon programming on the SyFy Channel.