Actor Dane DeHaan, who stars in Metallica’s much-anticipated 3D movie, “Metallica Through The Never”, has described the film as “a concert movie meets ‘The Wall’ meets Metallica” and says that it is “unlike anything that [he has] ever seen before.”
“Metallica Through The Never” will be the first new release via Picturehouse, the full-service independent film marketing and distribution company started in 2005, which is reopening its doors with founder Bob Berney at the helm. The film, written and directed by Nimród Antal (“Kontroll”, “Predators”), stars members of the iconic rock band and 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.
Speaking to Collider.com, Dane, who first gained notice for his impressive performance on the HBO series “In Treatment” in 2010, stated about”Metallica Through The Never”: “It’s, in a way, like a 3D concert movie but there’s also this narrative that ties together all the footage. It’s gonna be, first of all, really rock and roll and really ‘Metallica,’ for lack of a better word; they don’t hold back at all. But during the concert, I basically go on this trip as a roadie for the band and I pretty much literally have to go through hell and back to take it back to them, and all of this is going on during the concert, so it all ties together really kind of beautifully and uniquely. It’s unlike anything that I’ve ever seen before; it’s almost like a concert movie meets ‘The Wall’ meets Metallica… We filmed it last August.”
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich revealed in a recent interview with Classic Rock magazine some more details about “Metallica Through The Never”, which will combine concert footage with a fictional storyline. Ulrich cited the 1976 Led Zeppelin movie “The Song Remains The Same” as a major influence, explaining, “There are four members in Led Zeppelin, four members in Metallica, it’s a full-length movie, and there’s a lot in this film that does not take place onstage. The major difference is that the stuff that takes place offstage in the Metallica movie does not feature any members of Metallica. It’s two separate worlds — a Metallica show and a story that unfolds in a parallel universe — and at some point they intertwine.”
The Zeppelin film interspersed concert footage with fantasy sequences starring each member of the group.
The concert sequences for Metallica’s movie were shot last August at two shows in Vancouver, Canada.
Ulrich told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that making a movie has been one of the most daunting challenges Metallica has ever taken on. “It’s sort of fun, it’s intimidating, it’s a little overwhelming, to be honest, because it’s a whole different league,” he said. “You know, when we go down to [the Metallica headquarters in San Rafael, California] and record and make a record, it’s kind of — you know, we can manage the size of that. [laughs] When you’re talking about doing, like, a 3D movie that you’re gonna, like, play all over the world, that’s a little bit of a bigger undertaking, so obviously we’re treading a little more carefully.”