So, let's hope they can find another director (and possibly) and composer who understand the books the way that Ross and JNH did it.
But I hope they don't find another composer. Is it assumed JNH won't return? He's the man for the gig.
No idea. But in this kind of franchises, a new director means that most of the crew changes. Like in Twilight, and when David Yates entered to Harry Potter (the other directors had almost the same crew before him).
Who is to say that the next director will even want JNH?
Considering the rotating stable of composers on the Twilight series, I doubt most of the target audience would even notice if a different composer was used for the next film.
But The Hunger Games ain't no Twilight. Most of the fans of the books knows about cinema, they care about the message of the books and what happens to the characters, and they aren't a bunch of screaming girls. It's true that most of them cared a lot about the "Songs from District 12" disc, but they also cared about the score and who's doing it (like the Harry Potter fans).
Don't bash the Twilight directer carousal too much. It did eventually provide us with New Moon by Alexandre Desplat! I really liked Gary Ross' version here, but that being said there's so many ways you can go with these books. The first movie only used about 20% of the book in my estimation so the pathways are endless. Let's just hope they go up a notch in directors a la Harry Potter and not a random smattering of people a la Twilight.
I'm more than the 99% of the Twilight fans who only are fan because of the actors or because they're as stupid as the main female character.
What's wrong with you? Is it a language issue or something? Just because you like Hunger Games doesn't mean fans of other young-adult fiction are stupid.
I don't care about Twilight and know next to nothing about it, but that doesn't make me feel superior because I thought the Hunger Games books were decent. They're well-crafted stories but get real, they aren't works of genius and the movie wasn't earth-shattering cinema.
Just got through my first 'stand-alone' listen of this CD. While this is a relatively low-key score, THE MOMENTS!, when they come, are quite brilliant. The more 'pumping' cues serve the film well, but aren't the heart of this score for me. It's the quiet, smaller moments that make it worth repeated plays. Sure, the Chariots/Horn Of Plenty is rousing enough and is my favourite BIG moment, but the tender 'plucking' in The Cave and the outpouring of emotion near the end of Rue's Farewell are just gorgeous. I do also believe seeing the film aids the listening experience of this score immeasurably. Also good news to see that the new directors' last two films were scored by JNH. I like a bit of musical continuity in my blockbuster franchises. Maybe Lawrence Kasdan will direct the third one
Definitely Lawrence will use more of JNH instead of using source music. Same with keeping him into the I Am Legend vibe which it inspired the most dark and emotional parts of the first score.
By the way. Lyrics of Horn Of Plenty:
The Horn of Plenty the Horn of Plenty for us all. Our flag will raise above Panem shall reign above May our nation never fall. (never fall) The Horn of Plenty for us all
The Horn of Plenty The Horn of Plenty overflows Our flag will raise above Panem shall reign above may our nation never fall Repeat
The Horn of Plenty for us all Though dark may fall, Through darkness light will shine As they believe, the darkness is the light. The Horn of Plenty overflows
Hoping To hear some day the original cue with the full choir audible (it's funny that London Voices is listed as performing Horn Of Plenty when the choir is terribly low mixed and the hymn is performed by the orchestra).
Definitely Lawrence will use more of JNH instead of using source music.
did he reject 80% of the I AM LEGEND score? Or were the film producers?
No idea. What I know (from hearing the complete score with 90 minutes of music) is that JNH wrote lots of unused/alternate material when the movie was editing and he scored the two endings of the movie, with if has lots of versions. At the end, most of it was cut to give the movie a sense of desolation