Metallica kicked off 2012 by confirming (after almost a year of rumors) that they were indeed working on a 3D film. All that was known at the time, though, was that they hoped to have their 3D movie in theatres by 2013. Late last night, though, the film’s director and producer were announced.
It’s been confirmed that Nimród Antal (who previously directed Vacancy and Predators) will be directing Metallica’s 3D film, while Charlotte Huggins (who has been long rumored to be attached to the project) will produce. Antal had the following to say about his new gig:
“Metallica has always been a huge part of my life, and it’s an incredible opportunity when we get to work with our heroes. 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.”
Lars Ulrich had the following to say about his new director:
“I’ve been a fan of Nimrod’s 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!!!”
In addition, it’s also been revealed that the 3D film will be a mix of concert and narrative, with the promise that the fans play as large of a role as the four members of Metallica. As of now, the film will start shooting in August, with a Summer 2013 release being eyed. Where exactly Metallica will be filming, though, is still unclear.