It’s been a minute since 2013’s ‘The Doomstar Requiem’, a half-hour special in which the brutal 63-episode reign of Metalocalypse came to an equally-as-brutal end. But, as is the case with all god-tier metal bands, there’s still more in the tank, with news coming through overnight that Metalocalypse and its central fictional band Dethklok are returning, and in feature-film length no less.
According to Deadline, the Metalocalypse film will come from the creative masterminds behind the series, co-creators Brendon Small and Tommy Blacha. The film will be released on Adult Swim’s adjacent streaming platform HBO Max, but not before it cops a worldwide release via Blu-Ray/DVD.
Per the description of the film, the story “follows the power-hungry Tribunal as they unveil their secret and deadly ‘Falconback Project.’ This is against a backdrop of a world which is growing embattled in chaos with the menacing Doomstar breaching the Earth’s atmosphere. Meanwhile, the mysterious and twisted dissent of a band member threatens the future of Dethklok.”
Leading to the ultimate question: “Can Dethklok choose between their egos and the greater good of the world to embark on a gauntlet of dangers that will try their very souls and finally write the song that will be their salvation?”
Metalocalypse made its small-screen debut back in 2003 and ran for four seasons. Since then, fans of the show have been screaming bloody murder for its return, resulting in little to no response from Adult Swim. The lack of response was surprising, given the fact that the series sustained a cult-like following while off the air, and the four subsequent albums released by Small under the Dethklok banner which have shifted more than a million units. On that note, word is that there will be another album of original material to coincide with the film.
The good news doesn’t end there for fans of conscious animation. Adult Swim has also confirmed feature films in the works for Aqua Teen Hunger Force and The Venture Bros.