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.

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The career of Nimrod Antal seemed to fall all too quickly into the classic pattern of how not to go from making a festival favorite foreign film to working for US studios. His debut, Kontroll, was generally great if marked by a couple unformed ideas. His next two films, Vacancy and Armored, were better than the packaging suggested, but still not terribly memorable outside the confines of being studio genre exercises. Still, they were better than his most recent film, Predators, the appeal of which faded fast.

After that, I didn’t know what Antal would do next. As luck would have it, he has hooked up with one of the biggest bands in the world. Last year Metallica said they had hooked up with Journey to the Center of the Earth producer Charlotte Huggins to make a 3D film. Now Antal has been announced as director of that movie, which is currently untitled by tentatively set for a summer 2013 release. Read More »

Well, I warned you a couple weeks ago that Darren Aronofsky would be directing a video for a song from the Lou Reed and Metallica record Lulu. Originally the report was that the song would be ‘Iced Honey,’ but what we get is in fact a video for one of the more unintentionally hilarious songs on Lulu, ‘The View.’ (It’s the song that has James Hetfield screaming “I am the table!” No, there are no single shots of a table in this video.)

Now we’ve got the video, and it’s really just some black and white footage of Loutallica playing the track in a rehearsal space. It looks good from a purely aesthetic perspective, properly moody and increasingly fragmented and blurry as the song goes on. But there’s really not all that much to it. Check it out below. Read More »

Metallica has worked with some pretty impressive people in the film and art world. Just as quick examples, photographer and filmmaker Anton Corbijn has been instrumental in creating the band’s visual image for more than a decade, and the band’s first music video, for the song ‘One,’ was co-directed by Bill Pope, now better known as the cinematographer for Sam Raimi, the Matrix films and Scott Pilgrim.

And while the latest Metallica record, Lulu, made with Lou Reed, is… a difficult listen, to say the very least, the band’s next video might be a real visual treat, because it will be directed by Darren Aronofsky and shot by Matthew Libatique. Read More »

Metallica Planning 3D Feature Film?

Might be a weird week to be Metallica. The band is on the verge of releasing Lulu, a collaboration with Lou Reed that has earned some of the most scornful reactions I’ve ever seen directed at any album in any genre. But no matter what happens, reviews be damned, Metallica keeps on going. I can respect that, even if I can’t respect all of the work the band does.

The band has a strange place in film history. The first major film allowed to use the band’s music was Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills. The prominence the songs gave the documentary is credited with helping bring attention to the three young men, aka the West Memphis Three, convicted of murdering young boys in Arkansas. The association between the band and Paradise Lost directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky resulted in the 2004 documentary Some Kind of Monster, which chronicled the band’s internal dysfunction in a way that has rarely been seen for any artistic group, much less a bunch of guys renowned for making heavy music for young men.

Now Metallica is evidently looking to self-finance its own film, which may be a 3D feature of some sort. Read More »

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