ByNigel White, writer at

With Hollywood's increasingly desperate search for new material to turn into feature films, and old series to reboot there are several amazing franchises that could be developed into excellent blockbuster franchises. Here are some ideas if anyone in Hollywood happens to be listening...


Heavy Metal magazine was and continues to serve as one of the best publishers of European comics, and independent comics in print. It's one of the best ways to see work that doesn't normally make its way to North American audiences, and also the source of many adolescent young boy's fantasies as it was known to include nudity and taboo sexual themes such as BDSM (hey 50 Shades is big right now) and stuff even weirder than that. The classic 1981 Heavy Metal movie featured voice talents of among others; Harold Ramis, John Candy, Joe Flaherty, and Eugene Levy, with a classic soundtrack featuring bands such as Black Sabbath, Devo, and Grand Funk Railroad. Though a little dated, it still stands as a classic animated film, and one of the only Western animated films that caters to an adult audience. Rumours of a new Heavy Metal film with some pretty amazing directors attached have been circulating for some time now.

#4 The Metabarons

An extrapolation of an unused script for a Dune movie (see "Jodorowsky's Dune") this comic book collaboration between psychedelic Director Alejandro Jodorowsky (Holy Mountain, El Topo) and the immortal artist Jean Giraud, alias "Moebius" (Alien, Fifth Element, Heavy Metal) is worthy of development on its own. With deep philosophical and metaphysical themes, as well as unimaginably large space battles, The Metabarons would certainly be a better science fiction property to develop than the latest Wachowski debacle "Jupiter Ascending". It would however mean getting around the somewhat eccentric creator Alejandro Jodorowsky.

#3 Elephantmen

This long running high concept comic book series inspired by classic science fiction noir films like Bladerunner has supposedly been in development since 2010. The titular "Elephantmen" are genetically modified animals (not all are actually derived from elephants) created to fight a war in the future. Now the war is over and these creatures are left purposeless and lost. Hopefully this project gets off the ground and is given the film interpretation it deserves.

#2 Kabuki

Kabuki was a comic launched in the 1990's by somewhat controversial comic creator/writer/artist/Karate master David Mack. The comic is about an all-female martial arts assassin organization called "The Noh" who wear signature kabuki masks to hide their true identities. The comic has admittedly seen better days, but given the right writer, director, and fight choreographer Kabuki could really breath new life into the somewhat tired-out (see the infamous "Electra" and "Catwoman" movies) femme fatale and martial arts genres.

#1 Warhammer 40,000

This unsinkable geek franchise based around a table-top war game played with plastic miniatures features some of the richest mythology of any science fiction world. Going back 30 years or so, and featuring contributions from extremely talented writers such as Dan Abnett (Alien: Isolation, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers) this franchise could be the next big movie franchise. It already features a host of merchandising and a legion of extremely loyal fans. Several successful video games and fan films have been made, including the extremely promising looking "Lord Inquisitor", but it has yet to see a real mainstream film attempt. Here is a look at the aforementioned fan film that really looks like something almost on par with Square Enix:

Which films do you think deserve a Hollywood Blockbuster of their own?


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