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Defunct Film Company Returns With 3D Metallica Movie

Submitted by on July 8, 2013 – 2:27 pmOne Comment

Picturehouse Films released a string of prestigious indies in the early 2000′s. And next week, the distribution company will crash San Diego’s annual Comic-Con to promote an ear-splitting, genre-bending 3D Metallica film. The oddest thing is that Picturehouse did not exist from 2008 until January of this year.

Formed in 2005 by New Line Cinema and HBO films, Picturehouse released critically-acclaimed movies and documentaries like La Vie en Rose (which earned an Oscar for Marion Cotillard‘s portrayal of Edith Piaf), The Notorious Bettie Page, and Pan’s Labyrinth, which walked away with three Academy Awards. But in 2008, after a consolidation with Warner Bros., Picturehouse was unexpectedly shut down.

The company was restarted in 2013 after founder Bob Berney got the rights to the name. They’ve already released a Stone Roses film, though the New York Times describes the Metallica pic as the revived Picturehouse’s “inaugural project.”

The paper describes the format of the film:

Directed by Nimród Antal, known for action thrillers like “Predators” and “Armored,” it is co-written by members of the band. The film combines footage of a Canadian concert, in which stage props and equipment collapsed around them, with a scripted fantasy about a young roadie, played by Dane DeHaan, who skitters through what might be the apocalypse.

That alone sounds pretty sweet. But I’m also excited for whatever else comes from Picturehouse’s rebirth. They were involved in a lot of exciting films (as well as some flops, but hey, they were taking risks). King of Kong is one the most entertaining and unexpected documentaries I’ve ever seen; and I still have to watch Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, a film adaptation of a classic “un-adaptable” novel.

What do you think of the new Picturehouse, and their Metallica movie?

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