If you want to call Into the Wild the sequel to 30 Seconds to Mars’ ‘Artifact,’ Jared Leto won’t exactly disagree with you. “I think it’s the unofficial sequel; the only thing that stops it from being an official sequel is that we’re not involved in a $30 million lawsuit this time, and that’s a good thing,” he says, laughing. “This is the story of the Guinness World Record-breaking tour that brought us around the globe three of four times; it’s what happens when Artifact left off. Literally. The last shot of the film is the first shot of the series.”
The series will premiere on November 30th, and new episodes—”Anywhere from 16 to 20-something” is Leto’s estimate—will be available weekly on Leto’s streaming site Vyrt.
“You travel the world, you get on stages all over the planet, you have all kinds of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and what’s special is to document that and then share it,” Leto says. “This is us in Lebanon and Russia and Israel and Brazil and South Africa – we’re sharing some of the most intimate moments of our lives, and also some of the biggest.”
“It was a period of celebration, because we went from this intense conflict where we got sued by our label and fought for our creative lives to playing arenas around the world,” he says. “It was a seminal time in our lives, but it wasn’t always pretty. We played in the Middle East during the Arab Spring. We had to cancel shows in some countries due to unrest. It was transformative and important, and there’s something about having a witness to it all.”