Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 by Russ Fischer
A year and a half ago we told you that Metallica would be making a 3D movie, and about a year ago we updated that with news that Predators and Kontroll director Nimrod Antal would be directing. He also scripted.
Now we know that the film is Metallica Through the Never, and it sounds like a part-doc, part-dramatic film. Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, Lawless, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) plays a member of the band’s crew, “who is sent out on an urgent mission while the band is playing a rousing live set in front of a sold-out crowd and unexpectedly finds his world turned completely upside down.” The film is set for release on August 9. That’s right — it’s done, or close enough.
More info follows.
With this news is the fact that Picturehouse is back — you might remember their logo in front of Pan’s Labyrinth. Picturehouse dissolved a few years ago, and principals Bob and Jeanne Berney went on to co-found Apparition, then left that to co-found FilmDistrict, then left that company last year. Short version: the Berneys have been responsible for distributing some notable big indie movies (Pan’s, Black Dynamite, Drive, Bright Star) and it’s good to see them back in business.
Here’s the press release:
Picturehouse, the full-service independent film marketing and distribution company started in 2005, is reopening its doors with founder Bob Berney at the helm. Berney will serve as CEO and Jeanne Berney will serve as President of the relaunched company, which will continue to be based in New York.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be back in business under the Picturehouse banner,” said Mr. Berney, who recently acquired the trademark and logo from Warner Bros. “We worked very hard to build it into a brand known for acquiring exciting, challenging and entertaining films from the U.S. and around the world, and helping them find their audiences.”
Picturehouse’s first new release will be Metallica Through The Never a feature film starring members of the iconic rock band and Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, The Amazing Spider-Man 2). DeHaan plays a young band crew member who is sent out on an urgent mission while the band is playing a rousing live set in front of a sold-out crowd and unexpectedly finds his world turned completely upside down. The film, written and directed by Nimród Antal (Kontroll, Predators), is due in theaters August 9. One of the bestselling rock acts of all time, Metallica has sold over 105 million albums worldwide.
“Nim and the band have made a film that really captures the spirit of Metallica and their millions of loyal fans,” said Mr. Berney. “It’s an entertaining genre film with a concert inside it, a fun ride featuring an exciting young actor, Dane DeHaan. It’s a very cool project to reboot Picturehouse with.”
Added Metallica drummer and founding member Lars Ulrich: “Metallica’s way of doing things is to jump into unexplored creative endeavors with no safety net whatsoever. Putting this movie together for the last couple of years has been a pretty wild ride, and we’ve definitely done our share of flying without a net! Bringing Bob and Jeanne and the new Picturehouse team in at this point provides us with a much needed level of security for the distribution of the film. Their spirit of independence and desire to work outside the box is something we can relate to in every way, and this makes them both a welcome addition and a natural fit in the Metallica family.”
Here’s the 1991 song from which the film takes its name: