METALLICA: Some Kind Of Monster

The much-anticipated film documenting the trials and tribulations that led to the creation of METALLICA's upcoming CD, "St. Anger", has reportedly been dubbed "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster". This tidbit was revealed during the credits of "mtvICON: Metallica", which used parts of the footage of the band at their Northern California headquarters, including a scene shot on the day Robert Trujillo was informed that he was selected to be the group's new bassist.

It is still unclear when the film by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky will see the light of day. Installments of's "Jump in the Studio" video updates have suggested it would be ready by the album's release date but there has been no official word yet to confirm this. It also remains to be seen what exactly the project will turn out to be. "Whether it's theatrical, whether it's Sundance or the fucking Disney network, if the cut-off point should be when the record's done or if we should continue through the first six months until all that stuff is done," Ulrich said back in February, "we're trying to figure all that shit out now."

Sinofsky, Berlinger and METALLICA first met each other when the duo were making "Paradise Lost: The Child Murders At Robin Hood Hills" about the three West Memphis teenagers who were accused, and convicted of, a murder many feel they didn't commit. Berlinger and Sinofsky cautiously asked if they could use some METALLICA music in the film (at the time the band hadn't consented to such requests before) and were warmly surprised to find that the band agreed and refused to charge a fee so supportive did they feel of the project. "That relationship kind of harvested some interesting creative things," explained Ulrich. "We'd always talked about doing something together."

The filmmakers approached the band for this project five years ago, after METALLICA agreed to allow their music on the "Paradise Lost" documentaries. The group initially declined on the offer to be filmed, saying that they weren't ready yet, but they would let Berlinger and Sinofsky know when the time came. The band eventually agreed to the film and waived any fee from the filmmakers.

(Thanks: Inter Sandman)


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