METALLICA Working on Disney Movie with The Rock & Emily Blunt

Metallica working on a Disney movie? Yep, you read that right. The masters of puppets are teaming with composer James Newton Howard on an orchestral version of “Nothing Else Matters” for Jungle Cruise with The Rock and Emily Blunt.

Lars Ulrich offered his first thoughts on the collaboration.

Ulrich tells Collider: “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. 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.”

He adds: “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.”

He continues on to say: “I got a chance to meet James before we did this, and he’s such a generous, collaborative spirit. And the director, Jaume Collet-Serra, is a Spanish gentleman who has obviously made some incredible films, and Metallica has also been part of his journey. So it was a very natural fit, and as you know… film is a very collaborative medium, and for somebody in a band, one of the many things I love about the creative process of film is the collaborative element. So when you look at our association with this film, the first word that comes to mind is “collaborative,” between Sean’s vision and James Newton Howard’s vision and Jaume’s vision. Obviously, The Rock … has been very supportive, and it’s a really cool thing to be a part of. I can’t wait for everybody to see it.”

Howard is known for scoring some of the biggest films of all time, along with genre classics such as Flatliners, Falling Down, The Devil’s Advocate, Stir of Echoes, The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, Dreamcatcher, I Am Legend, and Nightcrawler.

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