The Beatles. The Monkees. The Village People. Cinema history is rife with tales of legendary music groups who made an epic stab for celluloid stardom. Many have tried. Some of them failed. Have you ever seen Can’t Stop the Music?
The latest super group to see their future in big screen exploits is Metallica. Having previously starred in the brilliant 2004 documentary Some Kind of Monster the band, which consists of guitarist and lead singer James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, and bassist Robert Trujillo, have announced that they will hired award-winning filmmaker Nimrod Antal to direct them in an upcoming 3D feature film that will blend narrative filmmaking and concert footage.
“Metallica has always been a huge part of my life, and it’s an incredible opportunity when we get to work with our heroes,” Antal said. “We are going to harness the powerful and almighty energy of Metallica’s live shows, inject a narrative into it, and shoot it in 3D to elevate the entire experience.”
The Hungarian-born Antal first came to international prominence in 2003 with his film Kontroll, which won the Award of Youth at the Cannes Film Festival. He made his U.S. directorial debut in 2007 with the suspense thriller Vacancy and has since directed the action flick Armored and the 2010 sci-fi action sequel Predators, the latter of which was produced by Robert Rodriguez.
Lars Ulrich had this to say about the band’s choice of director:
“I’ve been a fan of Nimróds since his first Hungarian film, Kontroll, showed up at Cannes in 2004 and blew everybody away. I’ve watched with excitement his career in Hollywood blossom over the last few years. Within five minutes of meeting him I was addicted to his enthusiasm, his take on the creative process and his “thinking outside of the box” personality. Let’s get on with it!!!”
Antal is a strong director who should be able to capture Metallica at their best on screen. Based on the description of the proposed film they’re going for something similar to Led Zeppelin’s 1976 concert/fantasy hybrid The Song Remains the Same, which I happen to really love. Knowing that Antal is going to shoot the film in 3D for the additional sensory experience should make this one of next year’s surefire moviegoing events. One can only hope.
The untitled feature will begin filming this August for release in the summer of 2013.