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Aronofsky to direct Lou Reed, Metallica video

Aronofsky to direct Lou Reed, Metallica video

November 4th, 2011 by JOHN CARUCCI, Associated Press in News

NEW YORK (AP) - Award-winning director Darren Aronofsky will direct a music video from the new Metallica and Lou Reed album, "Lulu."

Best-known for his Oscar-nominated films "Black Swan" and "The Wrestler," Aronofsky will produce a video for the track, "Iced Honey." Scenes will be shot in the San Francisco Bay area and will be available for viewing later this month.

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said in a statement Thursday that working with Reed and Aronofsky is "living the dream."

Ulrich called making this album and video a monumental chapter in his life.

"As if making a record with Lou Reed is not enough, now I get to make a video with Darren Aronofsky, who has been among my very favorite filmmakers since his first movie, "Pi."

The avant-garde Reed said he shares Ulrich's affection for that film as well and he hoped the video "can be his next Black Swan."

Aronofsky brings his cameraman, Matthew Libatique, to the project as director of photography. Libatique has worked on all of Aronofsky's feature releases and has been a cinematographer for several Spike Lee films.

Released on Tuesday, "Lulu," the joint venture between the singer-songwriter and the metal band is inspired by German playwright Frank Wedekind. Reed called the album "the best music I have ever done."

Several years ago, another Wedekind play, "Spring Awakening," was adapted by recording artist Duncan Sheik and lyricist Steven Slater, and won the Tony for best musical.