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Writer, director, producer Jon Schnepp is best known for his work creating the beloved show "Metalocalypse," but he’s buzzing about his new project: Hail to the King, an animated series of shorts created as a prequel to metal band Avenged Sevenfold’s upcoming iPhone game.
The entire six-episode series of Hail to the King can be seen right now on Machinima.com's Happy Hour Channel.
Schnepp is no stranger to the metal scene, creating the legendary band Dethklok for "Metalocalypse," so he was very excited to work with Avenged Sevenfold. "I got contacted by Machinima, and they asked me if I'd be interested in working with Avenged Sevenfold on this animated prequel to their iPhone game [Hail to the King: Deathbat] that also ties in with their album," Schnepp said. "This was back in April of this year. So I listened to a bunch of Avenged Sevenfold songs; I hadn't heard their new songs yet. »
- Scott Hallam
In the market for a new binge watch? You can now plow through the new animated series “Hail to the King” in its entirety on Machinima’s HappyHour Channel. Avenged Sevenfold came up with the six-episode series that runs through a fictional narrative about their trademark, Death Bat. “Metalocalypse” producer Jon Schnepp directed all six episodes, which feature original storylines backed by music off the band’s upcoming album, “Hail to the King.” The series is also part of the band’s effort to unite music and video games, so the show is meant to pair well with the mobile video game, “Hail to the King: Deathbat,” which is expected to arrive in [ Read More ]
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- Perri Nemiroff
Avenged Sevenfold recently released Hail to the King, their latest heavy metal shred-fest. The rock group has tied a number of original productions into the album, and one of the main focal points is a Machinima web series of the same name created by Metalocalypse director Jon Schnepp. Hail to the King consists of six episodes, all of which have been released to Machinima's animation hub, Happy Hour. Each episode is about two minutes long and filled with all of the mythical creatures you would expect from an Amon Amarth album cover. There is hardly a second that isn't accompanied by the band's music, which provides a loud, intense soundtrack. Metal fans will want to turn their speakers up; everyone else should take warning. The animation is fairly crude and the plot almost nonexistent, but keep in mind Hail to the King is aimed at the Adult Swim crowd, and »
- Sam Gutelle
Back in August we told you about Hail to the King, a new web series from Avenged Sevenfold, Metalocalypse producer Jon Schnepp, and Machinima; and beginning December 15th you can binge view it in its entirety!
From the Press Release:
Avenged Sevenfold’s Hail to the King is well on its way to living up to its name. The album, released by Warner Bros. Records, earned the band its second No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart, selling upwards of 159,400 units, making it the biggest first-week sales debut for a rock album this year.
Hail to the King also went to No. 1 in the UK, handing the band its first chart-topping album in Britain, as well as in Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Ireland, and Finland. Avenged Sevenfold has just wrapped up sold-out tour dates in the U.S. and Europe, including a sold-out show at Wembley in the UK.
With all of this momentum, »
- Debi Moore
In the realms of unproduced films, none is more talked about than Superman Lives. Tim Burton’s failed attempt at bringing The Man Of Steel to the big screen after his success with Batman has become the stuff of legends. Nicolas Cage was set to star and giant mechanical spiders (that later appeared in Wild, Wild, West) were to be involved in the climax. Now it’s time to revisit the legend that never was as Jon Schnepp, the director of cult shows Metalocalypse and The Venture Bros. leads this Kickstarter funded documentary to find out all he can about the project.
The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened? has just given us a trailer, although it doesn’t tell us much at this stage. There is some archive footage of Nicolas Cage discussing the project, and hopefully he’ll get involved for the documentary itself.
The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened? »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Jon Schnepp director of animated shows like Metalocalypse and The Venture Brothers as well as the "W is for Wtf" segment of The ABCs Of Death has a huge thing for Superman Lives. Yeah, Superman Lives, the Tim Burton Superman project that never was. We've heard the stories from Kevin Smith about the giant Spider and the photos of the electric rainbow suit but now it looks like Schnepp wants the full story. Hell, he even wants to bring some of the most bizarre scenes from that »
- Niki Stephens
Fasten your seat belts, Machinima fans. Happy Hour is about to rock. The animation channel will be the home of Hail To The King, a six-episode series starring rock band Avenged Sevenfold and directed by Metalocalypse producer Jon Schnepp. Hail To The King will provide an origin story for Avenged Sevenfold's iconic symbol, the Death Bat. The series shares its name with the band's upcoming album, which will hit stores on the same day of the web series debut: August 27th. As the album rockets up the charts, five more weekly episodes will continue to chronicle fictional caricatures of the band's members on their quest for the Death Bat. Avenged Sevenfold previously reached out to its predominantly young male fans by donating its collective likeness to Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Its alliance with Machinima represents a similar effort, as many of the network's viewers are also Call of Duty fans. »
- Sam Gutelle
It’s time to finalize those Comic-Con schedules.
With the annual pop culture-paloooza just weeks away, the event’s organizers have finally released an official schedule, and if you thought your schedule looked packed based on initial panel reports, prepare yourself for more than a few tough choices.
For those not attending the Con, which runs July 17-21, stay close to EW.com all Comic-Con week long for live coverage, including breaking news, interviews and more. (Bookmark this.)
Here’s the full rundown of the TV line-up. Head to Inside Movies to create more schedule conflicts for yourself with the complete movie highlights list. »
- Sandra Gonzalez
Early birds get a special look at The World's End; artist Gris Grimly and others discuss the latest trends in Ya graphic novels; Syfy brings "Defiance" and "Helix"; and along with the aforementioned RoboCop, Sony's showing off The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Special screenings are taking place for "The Paranormal and Extraterrestrial Squad," "The 100," and "Almost Human"; Warner Archive and Scream Factory will be talking up their awesome B-movie releases and incredible Blu-ray/DVD collector's editions, respectively; TV Guide holds its popular "Fan Favorites" panel, and one nice surprise on the schedule is a sneak peek of a film we've been talking about for a while now - David Hayter's Wolves.
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- The Woman In Black
Comic-Con International has announced the schedule for the second day of San Diego Comic-Con 2013 on Friday, July 18. You can clickHere to check out the full schedule, including comic book-related events, but we have pulled out all the movie, DVD, and TV-related panels right here. Take a look at what this day has to offer.
Care to join the not so regular cast and crew for an eventful hour of over the top regular? Yeeeeeeeeuh you do! Check out exclusive content and get the inside scoop on your favorite slackers and some of their closest friends. The panel features: Regular Show creator J.G. Quintel (voice of Mordecai), William Salyers (voice of Rigby), Sam Marin (voice of Benson, Pops, and Muscle Man), Sean Szeles (supervising director), Matt Price (writer), and storyboard artists Toby Jones and Calvin Wong. Part of the back-to-back Regular Show/Adventure Time Panel Extravaganza, »
While it’s not typically in our purview, Adult Swim features many talents familiar to the genre fan club, and from the sound of it, they have a lot going on at the Con this year. Read on for the details!
This year at San Diego Comic-Con, Adult Swim will be bringing even more entertainment, celebrities and one-of-a-kind fan experiences to their adoring fans. Adult Swim programming panels run from Thursday to Saturday, featuring creators, producers and actors from fan favorites The Venture Bros., Childrens Hospital, Ntsf:sd:suv::, Robot Chicken, Aqua TV Show Show, Squidbillies, The Eric Andre Show, The Heart, She Holler, China, Il, and sneak peeks of several new and upcoming series such as Rick and Morty, Hot Package, King Star King, and Mr. Pickles. Adult Swim stars on hand will include Rob Corddry, Paul Scheer, Jackson Publick, Doc Hammer, Seth Green, Patton Oswalt, Amy Sedaris, Eric Andre, »
- Andy Greene
The Ghost Rider star told MTV that the movie was well into the planning stages before the plug was pulled, and insisted the finish product would have been "really special".
He said: "The fact that Tim and I were pretty far down the road designing [Superman Lives], and I know that with Tim and where I was going to go, we would have done something really special.
"At least it's out there in the ether that that could have happened, but we don't have to make the movie. It's still interesting to people."
Cage added: "I do think that I had the win-win situation, because that character is such a bullseye that you have to hit. He's one of the most precious icons of our country."
Photo gallery - stills from the upcoming Man of Steel »
Hollywood's love affair with comic books took decades to blossom, but there are few hotter properties than superheroes in modern day cinema. In the last year alone, we've seen The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises topple box office records the world over.
The runaway success of such films has paved the way for dozens of future projects, but not every filmmaker has enjoyed the same fortunes as Christopher Nolan and Joss Whedon when they delved into the world of powers and spandex.
Tim Burton's Superman Lives, James Cameron's Spider-Man and George Miller's Justice League are but a few examples of comic book projects that died an early death. Wondering what might have been, Digital Spy takes a look at 10 aborted superhero movies.
Tim Burton's Superman Lives
Once upon a time, the world was very close to getting a Superman movie directed by Tim Burton and starring Nic Cage, titled Superman Lives. The Superman movie, which was intended for production during the 1990s, would feature Lex Luthor, the alien supercomputer Brainiac, and Doomsday as villains. The project was, however, scrapped. There were many names attached, including Kevin Smith and Robert Rodriguez, and many, many script revisions. We’ve heard legends that the movie was to centre on a version of “The Death of Superman” storyline from the comics, and the plot had Braniac kill Superman by simultaneously blotting out the sun and unleashing Doomsday on metropolis. Throughout the years, storyboard, photos of the proposed Superman suit emerged online, and just recently, the legendary script draft leaked as well, courtesy of The Superman Homepage. It was a giant mess and there is no denying that with so much studio tampering, »
The ABCs of Death is now available on a variety of VOD services and will receive a limited theatrical release on March 8th. If you’re looking to learn more before checking it out, we have a new featurette with a number of the directors involved talking about the movie and their segment.
“Twenty-six directors. Twenty-six ways to die. The ABC’s Of Death is perhaps the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived with productions spanning fifteen countries and featuring segments directed by over two dozen of the world’s leading talents in contemporary genre film. Inspired by children’s educational books, the motion picture is comprised of twenty-six individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors were then given free reign in choosing a word to create a story involving death.”
- Jonathan James
On Demand right now is the monster-sized horror anthology The ABCs of Death, and to help usher in the flick to your home, we have a couple of exclusive stills that prove you ought to know your ABCs if you know what's good for you! Dig it!
The ABCs Of Death is available now on VOD and in theaters on March 8th. The film includes shorts from 26 hot genre filmmakers, including Ben Wheatley (Kill List), Ti West, Adam Wingard and Simon Rumley, Nacho Vigolando (Timecrimes), Adrian Bogliano (Here Comes the Devil), Xavier Gens (Hitman), Jason Eisener (Hobo With a Shotgun), Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse), Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police), Noboru Iguchi (RoboGeisha) and more.
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- Uncle Creepy
Thanks to Kickstarter, there continues to be an increase in documentaries being made about movies. On top of that, there also seems to be a trend lately for filmmakers to look at failed movie projects, as if inspired by the heartbreaking 2002 release Lost in La Mancha. Currently on the festival circuit is the must-see doc Persistence of Vision, which is about the decades-long disaster of The Thief and the Cobbler (see my thoughts on that and some clips here), and recently funded and now in the works is Science Fiction Land about the canceled movie that wound up at the center of Argo. Now, we may get to learn the full story on another collapsed production, Tim Burton‘s Superman Lives, via the proposed new project of director Jon Schnepp (The ABCs of Death; Cartoon Network’s Metalocalypse). It’s another “unmaking of” doc titled The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened? And »
- Christopher Campbell
Superman Lives will live forever in comic movie history as one of the most tantalizingly bizarre films that never got made. It featured a Kevin Smith script, was going to be directed by Tim Burton, and starred Nic Cage as the Man of Steel – albeit the strangest looking take on the character we’ve ever seen (he was set to wear some kind of super-shiny electrical body armor for starters…) For a number of reasons, this film never actually happened – but what we know about the planned feature is so strange that fans still talk about it to this day. That’s where director John Schnepp enters the story. Schnepp is a director on Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse and Venture Bros. and now he’s looking to fund a documentary about Superman Lives...
- Mike Bracken
Jon Schnepp has weird nerdy tendencies that we totally are obsessed with. The man behind "Metalocalypse" and "Venture Bros." is a huge fan of the "Superman" movie that never was, "Superman Lives," and now wants to make a documentary about it -- and that's a venture we can totally respect.
But Schnepp wants to go even farther than just making a film about a film he's entranced by. In addition to hopefully chatting with director Tim Burton, first screenplay writer Kevin Smith and original cast members Nicolas Cage and Sandra Bullock, he hopes to have enough money to shoot a few minutes of footage from Smith's script and have artists create the Braniac Burton had dreamed up.
The Kickstarter is currently live, and it's goal is $98,000. More than $14,600 has already been pledged with 44 days to go, so there actually is a chance that this film might get made. Schnepp admits »
- Terri Schwartz
Tim Burton's failed superhero movie Superman Lives has inspired a documentary. Jon Schnepp, director and producer of Adult Swim show Metalocalypse, is appealing for funding on Kickstarter to finance the venture. Based on a screenplay by Kevin Smith, Superman Lives was to star Nicolas Cage as a flightless incarnation of the Man of Steel in a radically different take on the character. "This film, out of all the various attempts to make a Superman movie between 1987 and 2006, would have stood the test of time and become a bona fide Cult Classic nowadays," said Schnepp. "I am not (more) »
- By Mark Langshaw
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