Metallica Taps 'Predators' Director for 3D Film Project
Metallica Group Shot

Hungarian director Nimród Antal has been tapped by Metallica to direct a 3D feature film project being described as a "marriage of narrative and concert," the band announced late Wednesday. All five members of the metal pioneers -- James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo -- will participate in the project, which aims for a mid-2013 release.

Born in Los Angeles, Antal has directed box office fare including 2007's "Vacancy," co-starring Kate Beckinsale and Luke Wilson, and 2010's "Predators," the reboot of the Arnold Schwarzenegger film that starred Adrian Brody and grossed over $127 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.

His first Hungarian film, the award-winning "Kontroll," is what caught the attention of Metallica, however.

"I've been a fan of Nimróds since his first Hungarian film, Kontroll, showed up at Cannes in 2004 and blew everybody away," said Lars Ulrich. "I've watched with excitement his career in Hollywood blossom over the last few years. Within five minutes of meeting him I was addicted to his enthusiasm, his take on the creative process and his 'thinking outside of the box' personality. Let's get on with it!!!"

The Metallica 3D movie will begin shooting in August and will be released in the summer of 2013.

The untitled Metallica 3D movie will begin shooting in August and will be released in the summer of 2013.

"Metallica: Some Kind of Monster," a documentary released in 2004, in which a camera crew followed the group as they recorded the "St. Anger" album, brought in $2 million worldwide in limited release.

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