Although 3D still has yet to prove itself as an essential component of any narrative-driven feature film, one of the areas where I think 3D does have a lot of potential is in music and concert films. This is a format where you can go crazy with visuals without having worry about breaking people’s immersion or getting in the way of telling a story. It’s true that some people have already been making use of 3D in these kinds of movies, but many of them have been aimed at kids (ie. Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience and Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert). A couple of years ago U2 did a 3D movie, and last year we had Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (which tanked at the box office). Now the world’s biggest hard rock / metal band is looking to use 3D to create something for a slightly older audience, and they’ve hired the director of Vacancy and Predators to do it.
According to Variety, Nimrod Antal will direct a currently untitled 3D feature film starring Metallica. The project will “combine concert footage with narrative elements starring the band’s four members, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo.” The plan is to start shooting in August with a Summer 2013 release date in mind.
It’s unclear whether the narrative elements will be fictional or non-fictional, but I think either one could work. The Joe Berlinger / Bruce Sinofsky documentary Metallica: Some Kind of Monster proved that there are some interesting personalities and egos in the band, but Antal’s background in horror could indicate that they are planning something a little more out there. Either way, even though I’m not a big fan of Metallica’s recent output, I’m curious to see what comes of this project. Are you interested in a 3D Metallica movie?