METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich is at the Cannes Film Festival in France, where he has done a couple of video interviews to talk about the band’s movie, “Metallica Through The Never”, which is due for release this fall. Ulrich is at the festival to help sell the film to international distributors.
Asked if he wants to follow in the footsteps of Rob Zombie and direct a movie, Ulrich told Getty Images Entertainment: “The biggest enemy I have is time. METALLICA in its 32nd year is busier and has more projects on the table and takes up more of my time than it ever has.
“I may do it,” he continued. “I would love to do something. I have actually been offered the chance to both direct and produce as well as write and I’ve acted in a couple of films so I do what I can.
“METALLICA is the main thing in my life and I’m not going to turn my back on that.”
Lars added that with METALLICA, you never know what they are going to do next and they never rule anything out.
“As a band we have an inbuilt fear of repetition or stagnation or irrelevance and we just like to throw ourselves into all this crazy shit all the time. Most of the time we never think about it until we’re half way through,” he added.
“Making a movie at this level has been a little overwhelming. In the music world, you get very used to controlling your environment and in the film world there is nothing to control… it’s just like a complete clusterfuck… and there’s a bizarre beauty in that.”
The Pulse Of Radio asked METALLICA frontman James Hetfield about Ulrich‘s trip to Cannes as well as the status of the movie itself. “Lars is there right now, and he’s the biggest of all movie buffs in this group here for sure, so he’s representing us over there right now,” he said. “Film is not done; we’re extremely close. There’s editing, sounds, mixing, things like that that have to happen. It’s pretty complex.”
It is not clear whether buyers at Cannes will see an unfinished version of the movie or just selected clips or scenes from the IMAX 3D release.
“Metallica Through The Never” will open on IMAX screens in the U.S. on September 27, with a wider release following on October 4.
The movie stars Dane DeHaan has a member of the band’s road crew who is sent on a mysterious mission while the group headlines a concert at an arena. The film is said to mix a conventional storyline with concert footage.