MIPCOM: 'Doctor Who' Writer to Reboot Sci-Fi Series 'Metal Hurlant'

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Jamie Mathieson will develop a new take on the series, which ran for two seasons on Syfy

British TV writer Jamie Mathieson, who has worked on such shows as BBC hit series Doctor Who, has come on board to reboot sci-fi series Metal Hurlant.

Atlantique Productions, the Paris-based company behind action series Transporter and Tom Fontana's period series Borgia, has teamed up with original producer, WE Productions, to relaunch the show based on the cult French comic book, published as Heavy Metal in Britain.

Syfy aired two six-episode seasons of the original show called The Metal Hurlant Chronicles.

The original series was an anthology, with each episode mimicking the style of The Twilight Zone in its own self-contained world. The new version, titled Metal Hurlant: Origins, will be a serialized story with a recurring cast of characters and a seasonal story arc. Each episode of the new show will be a 45-minute commercial hour, compared to the 22-minute episodes of The Metal Hurlant Chronicles.

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"Metal Hurlant is an iconic comic and the wellspring from which a lot of fledgling U.K. comic 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."

Metal Hurlant: Origins is currently in development and set to go into production in early 2015 for delivery in the third quarter.

French broadcaster France 4 aired the first two seasons of the original show, which also went out on Sony Pictures Television's pay TV networks in multiple territories.

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