Metallica Working On Orchestral Version Of “Nothing Else Matters” For ‘Jungle Cruise’ Film


Metallica have been working on a revamped orchestral version of their track “Nothing Else Matters” for use in Disney‘s forthcoming film adaptation of their ‘Jungle Cruise‘ theme ride. The band’s drummer Lars Ulrich told Collider of their involvement:

“It really goes back to [Disney production president] Sean Bailey, who is a lifelong rock fan, and is just all-around one of the greatest, most friendly, generous, warm, and embracing people you’ll find in the music business. I think he’s always been a Metallica fan, and we’ve gotten to know each other well.

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My wife and I are big Disney fans, so there’s a great friendship there, and he’s always looked for the right match where there was a way that Metallica could contribute to some project of theirs. This was the right fit, with Sean leading the calvary, and with James Newton Howard and his track record, and what he’s done.”

James Newton Howard has been composing the score for the film with Ulrich having the following to say of the opportunity to work with him:

James Newton Howard, the man, the myth, the absolute legend! Considering what’s he’s done, it’s an absolute honor to have done this with him, and we’re excited for the world to hear it.

It’s kind of an interesting morph, because it’s kind of — and I don’t want to give too much of it away — but it’s a very unusual morph in that it’s kind of his arrangement of ‘Nothing Else Matters‘ that we’re playing.

We wrote the song, but he took the song and rearranged it to fit something specific in the film — and obviously, I’m not going to give any of that away — but we then kind of took on his version of it. I think that’s all that should be said.”

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt star in the ‘Jungle Cruise‘ film adaptation which is expected to premiere on July 30th, 2021. Metallica themselves are of course no stranger to orchestral arrangements, having worked and performed with the San Francisco Symphony on several occasions. Their latest performances together were recently released as “S&M2“.

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