Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.
Picturehouse makes a heavy metal return with the roll out of Metallica Through The Never. The reincarnation of the brand once a Time Warner entity, is taking a unique approach to its first release with an exclusive IMAX weekend run. September is going out with a bang in terms of number of releases. The weekend is packed once again, though one exec told me off the cuff that he sees it as “lifting all boats,” while another disagreed. The Specialty Box Office has had more losers than winners – though isn’t that always the case – theatrically, though last week’s Enough Said managed great numbers despite the flood of fellow newcomers. Docs make a plentiful showing this weekend including Magnolia’s Muscle Shoals, which debuted at Sundance and Music Box’s TIFF ’12 premiere Shepard & Dark along with SXSW’s The Network, which FilmBuff will roll out theatrically. Entertainment One will open the English-language version of We Are What We Are, while TV actor Leland Orser takes a turn as film director with Anchor Bay’s Morning. Rialto has three openers this weekend including the 40th anniversary restoration of The Wicker Man and Well Go USA will bow its Cannes premiere, On The Job.
Metallica Through The Never
Director-writer: Nimród Antal
Writers: Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Robert Trujillo, Lars Ulrich
Subjects: Dane DeHaan, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Jeremy Raymond, Mackenzie Gray, Toby Hargrave
Action/music feature Metallica Through The Never is the first release of the second manifestation of Picturehouse, the former New Line Cinema and HBO Films label formed in 2005 that later closed house and then was revived by its head, veteran film exec Bob Berney along with wife/partner Jeanne Berney. The feature centers on Trip, a young roadie for Metallica who is sent on a mission during the band’s show, but what was meant to be a simple assignment turns into a surreal adventure.