Heavy Metal Offers A Preview Of Moebius’ Work On Gundaar, A Film That Never Was

Concepts From A Master Artist

Gundaar is a film that was never made that Moebius worked on and here’s a few of his concept drawings and a little info courtesy of our friends at Heavy Metal

When legendary comics artist Jean “Moebius” Giraud died in 2012, he left behind arguably the all-time most impressive body of sequential storytelling. Not only did Moebius create elegant imagery that influenced other artists and filmmakers, he did so for a long time, in various formats, with different collaborators. We published a lot of Moebius in Heavy Metal, yet we were also just scratching the surface. Some of our favourite departed artists left us with less material than we’d like, as if their masterful process was so painstaking that they could only get so much of it committed to paper.

Moebius isn’t one of those artists — with Moebius we seem to have a deep well of obscure work, advertising jobs, ancillary material and unfinished ideas to go along with the canon of ArzachAirtight GarageIncal, and the rest. There is quite a lot of concept art from movies floating around — you may have seen Moebius’ character designs for the fabled Dune that Alejandro Jodorowsky never made, his sketches for Ron Howard’s Willow that Howard opted not to use, and his renderings of aquatic aliens that informed the NTIs (non-terrestrial intelligences) of James Cameron’s The Abyss.

A handful of Moebius designs from 1994 for a movie called “Gundaar” have surfaced on art auction sites — we can’t ask Moebius about them, but we reached out to artist and filmmaker Sylvain Despretz, who worked with Moebius at the time and received a co-credit on one of the auction sites. (Despretz recently published Los Angeles, a 400-plus page book collecting his designs, concept art and writing on film.)

Moebius Gundaar drawings www.tripwiremagazine.co.uk

“I did most of these, as pencil drawings,” Despretz says. “Jean reworked them and painted with acrylic dyes over the photocopied pencils. They qualify as his in the end — they were made for a Canadian filmmaker who wanted to do some post-apocalyptic film. Jean and I worked together a lot at the time; I was a sort of assistant so it was perfectly acceptable that he signed the work that was done in tandem since he was selling his style and oversight.”

Despretz told us that he and Moebius had “no idea” what the movie was about, or whether it even had a script. They created the images and turned them in: “Once the drawings are done, we wait for an invitation to the premiere, usually. And nine times out of 10 they don’t send one.”

“There’s a big drawing of an airplane’s landing gear being used as a caravan pulled by slaves — I remember drawing that,” Despretz recalled. “Jean tightened it and colored it.”

The Canadian filmmaker behind Gundaar was Max Fischer, and the movie was never made. Without a film, or a script, we can’t really say whether these drawings were successful — but they’re nice drawings. We can say for certain that, even though you’ve probably never heard of him, Max Fischer is or was a real filmmaker. He made his directorial debut with a few segments in the 1974 sex-vignette anthology Wet Dreams. He made edgy films with real actors that often went straight to video — The Lucky Star (1980, starring Rod Steiger and Louise “Nurse Ratched” Fletcher), Killing ‘Em Softly (1982, starring George Segal and Irene “Flashdance” Cara), Entangled (1993, starring Judd Nelson and Pierce Brosnan), and Twist of Fate (1998, starring Madchen Amick). Max Fischer’s last credit on IMDB is the 2003 thriller Deception.

Would Max Fischer have made the sort of fantasy film suggested by these Moebius/Despretz drawings? It would certainly have been an anomaly in Fisher’s filmography, but that might be why it never got off the drawing board, so to speak.

 

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