Metallica Speak On “Through The Never” Flopping At The Box Office, Release Final Webisode
The final chapter of Metallica‘s “Hit The Lights: The Making Of Metallica Through The Never” can be found over at Rollingstone.com (also available below.) It appeared as an extra on the Blu-ray edition of the bands film “Metallica Through The Never“, which hit stores last week.
The bands Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett also chatted with the above-mentioned site about the film underperforming at the box office during its theatrical run (the film took in just north of 3.4 million USD on its domestic run on an estimated 20-30 million dollar budget.)
When asked if he thought “Metallica Through The Never” would be a commercial success, Ulrich offered:
“Well, I think anytime you do anything, obviously at some point you’re disappointed. It seemed with [the 2004 Metallica documentary] Some Kind of Monster, there was a group of people that fell in love the film that that weren’t necessarily Metallica fans. And I think that we were thinking that there was a shot of that happening too [with Through the Never] and that didn’t happen. Maybe we were disappointed that that didn’t happen.
On if he hopes it finds a new life on home video:
“Obviously, every single filmmaker on this planet will say the following sentence: “My movie should be seen on a big screen, not on an iPod.” [Laughs.] But this movie I would like to say in my own selfish way really should be seen on a big screen. If you’ll get something out of it on an eight-inch monitor on an airplane, I think that’s totally cool – and obviously I want people see it any way they can but, given a preference, I would rather they see it on an IMAX screen rather than an eight-inch monitor on an airplane. But I can’t control that. And the minute you let go of it, you let go of it.
Hammett replied with the following when asked if they would ever do another movie:
“In a heartbeat, just as long as someone else was paying for it. Not only is it a different experience, but it’s crazy how expensive it is to make a movie. It’s much more expensive to make a movie than it is to make a piece of music.”