Metallica are returning to the big screen, but in what capacity we don’t know yet. Deadline.com, a site breaking news in the film world, reports that the band plans to self-finance a 3D feature film and has hired producer Charlotte Huggins, who worked on “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and just completed the sequel Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, which stars Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine and Josh Hutcherson.
The band is now set to find a director for the project. This would be the first major film made by the band members, but Metallica has already made impactful contributions to the film world. They lent their music to “Paradise Lost,” the 1996 documentary on the West Memphis 3 that was directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. Their music in that film helped it get recognized, creating international outrage over how three teens could be convicted of mass murder without a shred of physical evidence. Prosecutors cited the defendants’ passion for Metallica and Metal music in general as a strike against them, and it took 17 years for the three to finally be freed. The band also made “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster,” a chronicle of the most fragile time for the band in their attempt to keep things together. That film was also directed by Berlinger and Sinofsky.
There’s no word the plot will be or if the members of the band will actually appear in front of the camera. We will let you know as we get more details.
On a side note, Lars Ulrich recently revealed that he had been approached by Director Quentin Tarantino to help with the musical score on the “Kill Bill” films, but the band ultimately passed on the project.
Ulrich told Newsweek Magazine of a dinner meeting in San Francisco during the last decade with Tarantino : “One of the most surreal 30 minutes of my life was having Quentin Tarantino six inches from my face, eyes dancing, intensely animated, explaining in intricate detail how he had written and choreographed the two main fight scenes in the film [Kill Bill] to the Metallica songs ‘Enter Sandman’ and ‘Sad But True.’ Tarantino’s next-level movie magic married to Metallica music, all turned up to 11.”
Ulrich was flattered but really didn’t know what to make of the script when he got a hold of it. “The script. Man, was it thick and dense,” he recalled. “I realized that most of this was written in a language that was outside of my realm of understanding. I had never encountered a narrative like this, set in, to me, a very foreign culture of martial arts and Asian myths. I just couldn’t wrap my thick Danish head around it.”
Ulrich has since said that passing on the project was the “single biggest mistake I’ve made in the creative department.” Wu-Tang Clan member RZA ultimately orchestrated and produced the soundtracks for both volumes of Kill Bill.