After spending its first week of release at IMAX theaters, "Metallica: Through the Never" goes wide this weekend.
The 3D concert film, which also features a live-action sub-plot starring actor Dane DeHaaan, has so far grossed more than $1.9 million since rolling out September 27, with an opening weekend of nearly $1.6 million. The accompanying live album, meanwhile, debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200.
Director Nimrod Antal tells us that shooting both aspects of the movie were challenging:
"Both were pretty f*****g crazy, if I can be honest. The concert had its own challenges; I mean, we were in the round, so we have a 360-degree stage, which means if we pack cameras on one side, at any give moment they have their backs to us. So we had to be very conscientious going into it...We had to sit down with an overhead view, a schematic of the arena with the stage and plot out where we would place cameras on given days and how we can change that up on other days. And, you know, when pyrotechnics were going off on the stage then, well, we probably shouldn't have Steadycam operator on the stage. So, you know, the concert itself had many challenges."
Antal adds that:
"The narrative had its own challenges, which were...It is a very physical role for Dane DeHaan...Let me just put it this way; they worked every day, and as a filmmaker, though I think I'm pretty good with stunts, I don't like doing them because I'm always worried someone is going to get hurt. So I am always freaking out. So to have 11 straight days of cars on fire and car accidents and riots and people getting hung and people getting dragged, bit was a tough experience but a fulfilling and ultimately really f*****g cool experience."
The $18 million film is also slated for an October 10 release in Australia.
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