Metallica Creating Music for Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ Movie

2020-09-10

Metallica's music will appear in the upcoming Disney film

Story by Charles Ken, photo by Ross Halfin

Metallica is recording an orchestral version of “Nothing Else Matters” for the upcoming Disney film “Jungle Cruise”

Metallica’s music is going to end up in a Disney movie. According to drummer Lars Ulrich, the metal band is working on an orchestral version of their famed song “Nothing Else Matters” for “Jungle Cruise,” an upcoming feature filme based on the Disney World ride of the same moniker.

Ulrich tells Collider that the new rendition was written in collaboration with Oscar-nominated composer James Newton Howard, who is scoring the entire film.

“It’s kind of an interesting morph,” Ulrich said of the new version. “It’s kind of [Howard’s] 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,” he continued. “I think that’s all that should be said.”

So, how did a heavy metal band get tapped for a Disney film? Ulrich says Disney president of production Sean Baily is a “lifelong rock fan” who thought of Metallica for the honor.

“I think he’s always been a Metallica fan, and we’ve gotten to know each other well,” Ulrich said. “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.”

“Jungle Cruise” will star Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. The film is scheduled to hit theaters in July 2021.

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