Exclusive Media will present award-winning writer/director Nimród Antal’s (PREDATORS, KONTROLL) captivating 3D concert/suspense film METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER featuring one of music’s most enduring and iconic bands to international buyers at this year’s upcoming Cannes Film Market, it was announced today by Exclusive Media’s President of International Sales and Distribution, Alex Walton.
Starring Metallica members Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo, a cast of thousands of their fans and breakout star Dane DeHaan (CHRONICLE, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2), METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER is produced by former IMAX film producer Charlotte Huggins (JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND). The film marries groundbreaking footage and editing techniques with a compelling narrative, in which a crewmember (played by DeHaan) is sent out on a mission during Metallica's roaring live set in front of a sold-out arena. While on this mission, he unexpectedly has his life turned completely upside down.
Picturehouse will distribute the film in North America exclusively in IMAX® theatres on Sept. 27, 2013 and will expand on Oct. 4, 2013.
Alex Walton negotiated the rights deal for the film on behalf of Exclusive Mediawith Picturehouse’s Bob Berney and QPrime's Cliff Burnstein and Peter Mensch.
“This feature film is a wild and a refreshingly unique cinematic experience – a Metallica extravaganza that will electrify fans and movie-goers around the world,” said Alex Walton.
"After wading through multiple international distribution options for our film, we are excited to be partnering up with the folks at Exclusive Media, who we feel understand Metallica and understand our film better than anyone else," said Metallica's Lars Ulrich. "Throw in the cherry-on-top, launching our international sales with a couple of screenings at the film market during alittle up-and-coming film festival in Cannes, and it feels like we're off to a pretty rockin' start."
Since they formed in 1981, Metallica have gone from anunderground heavy metal band to one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, with an intensely loyal fan base. Over the course of three decades, Metallica has conquered the world, selling over 100 million albums, 5 million videos and DVDs, playing for millions in concerts all over the world, won multiple awards including nine Grammys and have become the most played artist on rock radio. They created a mass audience for the metal genre and made it possible for many other aggressive-sounding bands to get signed and heard. In 2012 the band earned $86.1 million with 30 shows during their worldwide tour, making them the 8th highest grossing heavy metal/hard rock concert tour of the year.The band crossed over into the film world with the documentary, METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER, directed by acclaimed filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. Premiering at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, the film was nominated for several critics’ choice awards and appeared on many “Top 10 Films of the Year” lists and won “Best Documentary” at the 2005 Independent Spirit Awards. Their latest album, Death Magnetic, was certified platinum just six weeks after it debuted atop the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in October.
Dane DeHaan is a rising star after headlining 20th Century Fox's box office hit CHRONICLE, The Weinstein Company's LAWLESS directed by John Hillcoat and starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Guy Pearce and most recently starring opposite Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper in Derek Cianfrance’s critically acclaimed THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES. DeHaan recently completed production on DEVIL’S KNOT opposite Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth and John Krokidas’ KILL YOUR DARLINGS, based on the life of poet Allen Ginsberg starring Daniel Radcliffe. DeHaan is currently filming Columbia Pictures’ THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 opposite Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, set for release in 2014.
Nimród Antal is best known for writing and directing the acclaimed film KONTROLL, which won numerous awards, including the Award of the Youth at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Hugo (main prize) at the Chicago International Film Festival, as well as a European Film Award nomination for Best Director. Antal's box office hits include VACANCY, starring Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson, released by Sony, ARMORED, starring Matt Dillon, released by Screen Gems and Robert Rodriguez’s PREDATORS starring Oscar®-winning actor Adrien Brody released by 20th Century Fox.
Charlotte Huggins is one of the most prolific producers of 3D films in the world. Huggins’ credits include worldwide box office hits JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND starring Josh Hutcherson, Dwayne Johnson and Michael Caine and JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH. Huggins’ also produced FLY ME TO THE MOON, a 3D digitally animated film featuring the voice talents of Tim Curry, Nicollette Sheridan, Kelly Ripa, Christopher Lloyd, and a cameo fromformer astronaut Buzz Aldrin.