Metallica: It’s not just about the money

Metallica’s new movie Through The Never has raked in more than $3 million inside its three weekends at the box office.

Described as a hybrid concert movie, Through The Never has been a big hit since officially opening on September 27.

Written by Nimród Antal, the movie’s plot centres on a tale in which a roadie played by Dane DeHaan finds himself in an increasingly hostile urban environment while on a mission for the band. The plot is intertwined with live concert footage.

Through The Never was reportedly self-financed by the band members with a budget of $18m, and drummer Lars Ulrich tells The Quietus he won’t know if the movie was worth the risk until a few years down the line.

He says: “That remains to be seen. Ask me when I come back and talk about the new record two years from now. I have no idea. I do know that we rarely consider other options, so compromise is not Metallica’s major strength. And I think that the fans hopefully appreciate that if it’s got the word ‘Metallica’ written somewhere on or near it, that it comes from us.

“I think nowadays in media it’s very much, ‘What did it cost? What did they get back? Was it a success? Was it a failure?’ It’s slightly more complicated than that, and that kind of breaking it down to absolutes really doesn’t interest me.

“This is another chapter in Metallica’s existence, and I’m sure that if we don’t make all the money back, then, I don’t know, [we will in] T-shirt sales seven years down the line. Something good will come in the wake of these projects. It’s just sort of how we roll.”

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