2011 must have been one tough year to be in Metallica. It started off with such promise: they headed into the studio with their hero Lou Reed to write and record a passion project that would, no doubt, blow everyone's goddamn mind when it finally saw the light of day, only to have it turn sour when, well, people actually heard the results.
Easily the most-hated album of the year — and in the running for All Time Most Pot Shots Taken At An Album, both because of the easy target it made, and because it actually did suck a whole hell of a lot — Lulu is one of those records that can either break a band completely, or revitalize them. Which way it breaks depends on whether or not the band spends time contemplating the past and trying to figure out what went wrong, or just forgets about it completely and forges ahead. While it's far too premature to say which way Metallica will go, this announcement from their website suggests they're at least giving the latter a shot:
[T]he more astute of you may have noticed a couple of mentions in trade publications, and most recently in the new issue of Rolling Stone, that a Metallica 3D movie is in the works. We're here to tell you that, yes, there is indeed a 3D project in the very early stages of production!
The announcement goes on to say that whatever this mystery 3D project is will be released in 2013. Here's hoping it's more along the lines of a concert video and not, let's say, a Darren Aronofksy-directed feature length dramatization of Lulu with the band trying their hand at legitimate acting for the first time.