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 Posted:   Sep 15, 2018 - 11:30 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I couldn't find an official announcement on whether he's the composer for the film, so it's subject to change here. But it's an interesting choice. The plot:

Brad Pitt starring in the movie about an astronaut searching for his father (Tommy Lee Jones) who mysteriously disappeared while searching for life on Neptune.

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2018 - 11:46 AM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

That would be cool, but his last space score was a total dud. I don’t see his sound evolving for the better at this point in his career.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2018 - 3:36 PM   
 By:   Lewya   (Member)

Always interested in new Newman, so this is interesting. I hope to see him up for another Oscar (if he composes something worthy) this year.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2018 - 8:22 AM   
 By:   Lewya   (Member)

It seems like Max Richter is doing this and not Newman frown

Have you been offered any big Hollywood blockbusters in that respect?

Richter: "I don’t know if it’s multiplex or not, but I am I’m doing a film called “Ad Astra,” which is a really good. It’s a sci-fi for people who like “2001” and “Solaris,” which, which is me! It’s a movie that’s very beautiful and offers tremendous opportunities for music. It’s also very emotional film that’s full of big ideas and it’s fun."

- http://www.filmmusicmag.com/?p=19207

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2018 - 8:25 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Fantastic! What a great choice -- not often that a "replacement" composer excites me more than the original choice, but that's the case here.

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2018 - 8:31 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I've edited the title some.

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2018 - 8:54 AM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

So much for Newman doing something fresh!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2018 - 8:55 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Well, he tried sci fi with PASSENGERS (WALL-E not included, since it's animation), and "fresh" isn't the word I would use to describe it, even if it was OK for what it was. I think Richter is a far more inspired choice here.

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2018 - 11:46 AM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

Well, he tried sci fi with PASSENGERS (WALL-E not included, since it's animation), and "fresh" isn't the word I would use to describe it, even if it was OK for what it was. I think Richter is a far more inspired choice here.

This was more a reference to the poster who said that THIS was the science fiction film I’ve been waiting for, if I wanted a unique score from Newman this time.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2018 - 2:04 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

So, did Newman write and record a score that was rejected or did they not even get past the discussions and samples from Newman?

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2018 - 6:19 PM   
 By:   Khan   (Member)

Given that Spotify tells me the composer I listened to on that platform the most this year was Max Richter, him getting another choice assignment is fine by me!

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2018 - 8:03 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

Well, he tried sci fi with PASSENGERS (WALL-E not included, since it's animation)

Why not include "WALL•E"? How is a score animated?

And "Passengers" was a specific movie. How exactly does that suggest what Newman would do for all sci-fi movies? I mean, "Planet of the Apes," "Outland," and "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" are all sci-fi movies, from the same composer, and I wouldn't exactly say he took the same approach to each!

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2018 - 8:04 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

So, did Newman write and record a score that was rejected or did they not even get past the discussions and samples from Newman?

Was he ever even in discussions for this film?

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2018 - 1:10 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Why not include "WALL•E"? How is a score animated?

I was talking about the genre, not the score. While WALL-E is sci fi in one sense of the word, it's not really the main focus of the film. As reflected in the score.

And "Passengers" was a specific movie. How exactly does that suggest what Newman would do for all sci-fi movies?

It doesn't, of course. But we were talking about giving Newman a chance to show his chops in a (live-action) science fiction film, and at least it gave us a glimpse of what he could do with such material in PASSENGERS. I'm sure that for a different science fiction film, he could do something else. Just as Richter can do something other than the horror/sci fi thing he did for LAST DAYS ON MARS with this project. I just feel Richter has a wider range of tricks up his sleeve than Newman, who almost always sounds like Newman no matter what he does (for better or worse).

 
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