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 Posted:   Dec 5, 2011 - 6:07 PM   
 By:   David (Giacchino-fan)   (Member)

Looks like ol' JNH has another project for next year: The Hunger Games. He will be collaborating with T-Bone Burnett, who was going to assist Elfman. Elfman ended up leaving due to scheduling conflicts.

http://www.showblitz.com/2011/12/hunger-games-score-change-elfman-out-howard-in.html

I really enjoyed the first Hunger Games book, which I finished yesterday, and I hope that the score is more like The Last Airbender than Green Lantern.

Who else is looking forward to this?

 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2011 - 6:20 PM   
 By:   ctblass   (Member)

Definitely looking forward to this. When I heard this rumor, I got really excited. The film is supposed to be coming along really well, and the potential for this as a trilogy of films leaves a very big and epic canvas for James (and T Bone) to use. So glad it's been confirmed now.

I think he might approach this more like a Shyamalan film. It's a crazy, and sorta dark story. I am really interested in the palette he uses. I think he knows if he gets this one right, this could be a really important moment in his career.

 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2011 - 8:36 PM   
 By:   yonythemoony   (Member)

It definitely doesn't seems the kind of story for a MV-esque score. I'm glad that JNH is having more proyects to make up for the poor year he had.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2011 - 8:53 PM   
 By:   lonzoe1   (Member)

Now I won't have to look at this movie. Like I would if Elfman was still involved. This is one of those movies I don't care much about. But good luck to James anyway.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2011 - 9:01 PM   
 By:   scrapsly   (Member)

I always look forward to a JNH project. This is great news.

 
 Posted:   Dec 5, 2011 - 10:03 PM   
 By:   spanosdm   (Member)

Elfman-off, Howard-on?
Wow, this is great news!!!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2011 - 1:47 AM   
 By:   Cristian   (Member)

I'm very excited by this project. The movie has the potential of being interesting so I'm glad JNH is on board because I was kinda disappointed by the movies he scored lately: Green Hornet, Green Lantern, The Tourist, Gnomeo & Juliet (Ok I understant why he did this one because he is friend with Elton John).

JNH already has 3 big projects in 2012 so I can't wait.

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2011 - 2:30 AM   
 By:   Souchak   (Member)

With JNH's work recently being of the so-so variety, I'm preparing to be seriously underwhelmed. Again.

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2011 - 3:02 AM   
 By:   Mark Langdon   (Member)

With JNH's work recently being of the so-so variety, I'm preparing to be seriously underwhelmed. Again.

This. JNH is very hit-or-miss for me these days, but mostly miss. Elfman is much more reliable, and judging by REAL STEEL and IRIS is going through a particularly exciting patch. My interest in this film is now kaput.

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2011 - 3:33 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

With JNH's work recently being of the so-so variety, I'm preparing to be seriously underwhelmed. Again.

Self-fulfilling prophecy? My guess is if you're preparing to be seriously underwhelmed...well then, you just might be.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2011 - 5:24 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Sorry to hear Elfman go, but he's so busy anyway so there won't be any shortage of Elfman in the months to come. I also enjoy JNH very much, so I'm sure he'll deliver something interesting.

I like what I've read of this premise, although also a bit worried about the TWILIGHT comparisons.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2011 - 5:37 AM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

This could be very good... for me Salt was a solid action thriller score - some Bourne score influence but also some chaotic action music , the type JNH excels at, he hasn't "lost it" ... but with T Bone collaborating that may mean more of a bluesy rock score....? Unless T Bone is just working on the songs for the movie

elfman could have been good if he went more into his Proof Of Life/ Kingdom vein... but overall here's hoping for a knockout from JNH

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2011 - 6:02 AM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

I just read this quote from JNH on Yahoo:

"Ka-CHING, you mothers!"

Wait until he finds out that John Powell doesn't have any scores for movies that feature bows and arrows.

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2011 - 12:03 PM   
 By:   orion_mk3   (Member)

JNH is very hit-or-miss for me these days, but mostly miss. Elfman is much more reliable, and judging by REAL STEEL and IRIS is going through a particularly exciting patch. My interest in this film is now kaput.

I agree completely. Seems that James Newton Howard (note that he's not part of the dash club like Gregson-Williams or Glennie-Smith!) has been picking up Elfman's scraps a lot of late, with first the underwhelming Green Hornet and now this.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2011 - 12:13 PM   
 By:   JamesSouthall   (Member)

I just read this quote from JNH on Yahoo:

"Ka-CHING, you mothers!"

Wait until he finds out that John Powell doesn't have any scores for movies that feature bows and arrows.


I'm sure one of his assistants will be able to find something by Powell that can be used. If not, maybe Powell could be commissioned to write something so that could be used.

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2011 - 12:20 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Wait until he finds out that John Powell doesn't have any scores for movies that feature bows and arrows.

John Powell's single most famous score is for a movie featuring bows and arrows.

Also, James Newton Howard has written tons of great music that has nothing to do with Powell's stuff.

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2011 - 8:03 PM   
 By:   Dalboz17   (Member)

I like what I've read of this premise, although also a bit worried about the TWILIGHT comparisons.

Having just finished reading the whole trilogy, I understand why people are comparing it to Twilight -- there's a love triangle, it's dark for a "kids" book -- but they really couldn't be more different. To paraphrase Stephen King "Twilight is about how important it is to have a boyfriend" with vampires and werewolves, while The Hunger Games is about survival, protecting others, what to do when your world falls apart, and the difficulties of weighing death. It's significantly better than Twilight (but no Potter, imho) and I'm very interested to see how it translates to screen.

To echo Giacchino-fan: Here's hoping JNH feels inspired and goes more Shyamalan (I'd like some "Signs"-level creepiness mixed with awe), and less Green Lantern.

 
 Posted:   Dec 6, 2011 - 8:16 PM   
 By:   David (Giacchino-fan)   (Member)

I like what I've read of this premise, although also a bit worried about the TWILIGHT comparisons.

Having just finished reading the whole trilogy, I understand why people are comparing it to Twilight -- there's a love triangle, it's dark for a "kids" book -- but they really couldn't be more different. To paraphrase Stephen King "Twilight is about how important it is to have a boyfriend" with vampires and werewolves, while The Hunger Games is about survival, protecting others, what to do when your world falls apart, and the difficulties of weighing death. It's significantly better than Twilight (but no Potter, imho) and I'm very interested to see how it translates to screen.


I just started book two and I can understand the love triangle comparision to Twilight, but that's IT. Nothing else is similar. Hopefully it doesn't go all Eragon on us by making a crappy movie and destroying the chance for a franchise (and great franchise music! I would have LOVED THE HECK out of a Doyle Eragon 2 score).

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2011 - 1:51 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Thanks for that confirmation. That good to hear! smile

 
 Posted:   Dec 7, 2011 - 3:25 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Wait until he finds out that John Powell doesn't have any scores for movies that feature bows and arrows.

I'm sure one of his assistants will be able to find something by Powell that can be used. If not, maybe Powell could be commissioned to write something so that could be used.


I wish film score fans had access to more professionally-minded film score reviewers. roll eyes

 
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