By Stephan Lee
Updated May 09, 2013 at 08:42 PM EDT
Through The Never
Credit: Carole Segal

There’s nothing typical about Metallica’s upcoming 3-D IMAX concert movie Metallica Through the Never, directed by Nimród Antal ­(Predators) and hitting theaters Sept. 27. In the movie, performance scenes are interspersed with a scripted story line featuring Chronicle star Dane DeHaan as a roadie ­dispatched into a chaotic city to carry out a mysterious task. Even producer Charlotte Huggins has a hard time categorizing the film: “It’s a ­dramatic movie in which a concert takes place,” she tells EW.

Also unusual is the fact that the film’s ­concert scenes — shot at a series of shows in Canada — were truly exclusive and not part of an official tour. “It took me seven months of working with Metallica until I grasped that they had created this very complex, very elaborate show just for our film,” says Huggins. “After we were done, that entire stage got packed up and put away.” Huggins, who specializes in 3-D movies, insists the format exists only to give fans an immersive experience. “Lars, James, Kirk, and Robert always consider fans the fifth member of the band,” she says. “Because it’s a 360-degree arena show, the fans are in every frame.”

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