Jungle Cruise: Lars Ulrich Explains How Metallica And Disney Came To Work Together On The Film’s Score

Disney’s upcoming film, Jungle Cruise, will feature an orchestra version of the Metallica song “Nothing Else Matters”. Any fan of Metallica knows drummer Lars Ulrich is sort of the band’s unofficial spokesperson. Putting his gift of gab is to good use, Ulrich talked about the upcoming musical collaboration between the House of Mouse and Metallica. As well as how this gruesome twosome found each other. You can check it out below.

“It really goes back to [Disney production president] Sean Bailey, who is a lifelong rock fan, and is just all-around one of the greatest, most friendly, generous, warm, and embracing people you’ll find in the music business.I think he’s always been a Metallica fan, and we’ve gotten to know each other well. My wife and I are big Disney fans, so there’s a great friendship there. And he’s always looked for the right match where there was a way that Metallica could contribute to some project of theirs. This was the right fit, with Sean leading the calvary, and with James Newton Howard and his track record, and what he’s done.”

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As I said above Lars is never at a loss for words. The metal legend continued, speaking about working with eight-time Oscar nominee, James Howard Newton.

“James Newton Howard, the man, the myth, the absolute legend! Considering what’s he’s done, it’s an absolute honor to have done this with him. And we’re excited for the world to hear it. It’s kind of an interesting morph because it’s kind of — and I don’t want to give too much of it away — but it’s a very unusual morph in that it’s kind of his arrangement of “Nothing Else Matters” that we’re playing. We wrote the song, but he took the song and rearranged it to fit something specific in the film. And obviously, I’m not going to give any of that away. But we then kind of took on his version of it. I think that’s all that should be said.”

He ain’t done yet, folks.

“I got a chance to meet James before we did this, and he’s such a generous, collaborative spirit. And the director, Jaume Collet-Serra, is a Spanish gentleman who has obviously made some incredible films, and Metallica has also been part of his journey. So it was a very natural fit, and as you know, and everybody at Collider knows, film is a very collaborative medium, and for somebody in a band, one of the many things I love about the creative process of film is the collaborative element. So when you look at our association with this film, the first word that comes to mind is “collaborative,” between Sean’s vision and James Newton Howard’s vision and Jaume’s vision. Obviously, The Rock has been very supportive. Dwayne has been very supportive, and it’s a really cool thing to be a part of. I can’t wait for everybody to see it.”

I poke a bit of fun at Lars, but I do it with love, as I am very much a Metallica fan. While it goes without saying, I’ll go ahead and say it anyway (just like Lars probably would). I am very much interested to see how this turns out. Seeing how metal, for the most part, is closely related to classical music as far as structure. It doesn’t seem far-fetched that Metallica’s music (even though it may be one of the least metal songs of the band) would fit nicely into a film score.

Jungle Cruise currently has a release date of July 30, 2021.

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