Earlier today I spoke with Kevin Eastman, who spoke about his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 7 DVD set that hits the shelves on May 12. He also revealed that the highly-anticipated Heavy Metal film project that he's producing along with David Fincher and Tim Miller is finally nearing a start date and we should expect an announcement very soon. Here's what Eastman had to say.

Kevin Eastman: Right now, David has a grand plan and he's asked us to sort of keep those cards close to our chest until the right announcement comes out, but what I can tell you is that part of the frustrating part of going through the studio system, which David knows more than Tim (Miller) and I. Guys like Zack Snyder and Gore Verbinski and Mark Osborne have committed to come on board and direct sequences in this. There are three other directors, that I can't tell you yet, but will be jaw-dropping when we can tell you. David has put together a program that is pretty outstanding and it's sort of fascinating for guys like Tim and I, who have worked at the studio level, at a number of levels, but never at a David Fincher level. Whereas we would've probably agreed to the deal seven versions ago, David is still negotiating and it's like, 'Oh my God, we just want to do this movie,' but, all kidding aside, that's why we're working with David. Not only does he have just a brilliant vision, and a great sense of storytelling but he's very committed to doing this right. We don't want to spend $50 million and not blow everybody out of the water with this project. I'd guess within the next 30 days would be the official announcement of what's going on and where it's going, and then we can talk again.

We'll be sure to keep you posted on any Heavy Metal updates as soon as we have more information, and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for my full interview with Eastman very soon.