Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Metallica to Rock Cannes

By Liza Foreman

Exclusive Media will present writer/director Nimród Antal’s  3D concert/suspense film Metallica Through the Never, featuring the iconic band, to international buyers at the  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, the film is produced by former IMAX film producer Charlotte Huggins.

The film marries footage and editing techniques with a  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 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 with 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 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 successful rock bands in history, with an intensely loyal fan base. Over the course of three decades, Metallica has sold over 100 million albums, 5 million videos and DVDs, won multiple awards including nine Grammys and have become the most played artist on rock radio.

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.

Antal is best known for writing and directing the 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.


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