Metallica Bringing Concert Film to 3D IMAX Screens for One Week
Metallica’s last film, Some Kind of Monster, remains one of my favorite rock documentaries, and one of the most compelling films I’ve seen in recent years. The fact that the band is putting their weight behind another film is enough to get me excited, but now that we know how massive the film’s scope will be, I’m dying to see the movie…like, now.
IMAX Corporation announced that Nimród Antal’s Metallica Through the Never will blast into 3D IMAX theaters on Sept. 27 for an exclusive one-week engagement. The movie will expand to traditional theaters on Oct. 4, but as a Metallica fan, I’ll be planted in front of that IMAX screen as early as possible.
The movie blends concert footage with an original narrative that cast Chronicle and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star Dane DeHaan as a Metallica roadie sent on a special “mission” during a live show … only to have his life turned upside down by what he finds.
“IMAX! It doesn't get bigger or cooler than that!” said Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. “For four guys in a rock band of average height, to get a chance to unleash their 3D film on IMAX screens the size of buildings across the country is a mind-blowing thought. ‘Hey look, Mom, I’m 50 feet tall (finally!)’ There is no better way to experience film and when you throw in the spectacle of music and sound this should amount to an unprecedented, unique and truly next level experience.”
Antal directed the rebooted Predators movie a few years back, but is switching gears to capture the sound and fury of Metallica.
“Nimród Antal and Metallica have done a tremendous job capturing the essence of the band’s commanding live performances and have created a visual and aural cinematic spectacle,” said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Entertainment. “We believe the power of The IMAX Experience will deliver for Metallica fans and ensure they feel every part of this journey.”
Any Metallica fans out there? Will you be grabbing tickets to the IMAX version of the new film? We’d love to hear from you.
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