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Syfy Acquires French Fantasy Series ‘Métal Hurlant’ For USA TV (Michael Jai White Stars)

Syfy Acquires French Fantasy Series 'Métal Hurlant' For USA TV (Michael Jai White Stars)

Likely a perfect fit. I’ve previously shared that I thought Syfy should pick up the series for American TV, and they now have done so.

It hasn’t aired in the USA, nor has it been available on any format accessible to USA audiences. In fact, it had previously only released in a select few countries. And now Syfy has acquired the first two seasons of French fantasy/action series Metal Hurlant.

The series premiered on French television on October 27, 2012 on France 4, and soon after, broadcast rights for various European countries such as Germany, Austria, Luxembourg were bought, but no USA rep.

I expected that, with a handful of actors recognizable to American audiences, this would surely be available to USA audiences a lot sooner; but better late than never.

Recapping… Announced at the MIPCom (the annual TV and entertainment market held in Cannes in October) in 2011, Michael Jai White co-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.

Eriq Ebouaney (likely best know in the west as the star of Raoul Peck’s Patrice Lumumba biopic) is part of the supporting cast.

Guillaume Lubrano directed the series.

France-based WE Productions, and Panini U.K. Media are behind the sci-fi adventure program.

Syfy has picked up both season 1 and season 2 debuts, with plans to premiere the first season in April of this year.

I should note that Métal Hurlant (which literally translates as Howling Metal) is the French originator of what we know as the Heavy Metal fantasy comics magazine, here in the west.

While we wait for Syfy to launch the series Stateside, check out some clips at what you’ve been missing: first, watch a preview of season 1 below; and then watch the trailer for season 2. And finally, watch an interview with Michael Jai White and co-star Scott Adkins, talking about the series, their involvement in it, and sci-fi in general.

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