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 Posted:   Nov 7, 2018 - 12:09 PM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)


Thomas Newman is currently recording his score for the upcoming biographical drama Tolkien. The film is directed by Dome Karukoski (Tom of Finland) and stars Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Tom Glynn-Carney, Craig Roberts and Colm Meaney. The movie tells the story of author J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the Lord of the Rings books, as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school and serves as a British soldier in World War I. David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford (Pride) wrote the screenplay. Peter Chernin (War for the Planet of the Apes, Oblivion), Jenno Topping (Hidden Figures, The Greatest Showman) and David Ready (Red Sparrow) are producing the project for Chernin Entertainment, alongside Kris Thykier (Kick-Ass, The Debt) for Archery Pictures. Tolkien will be released in 2019 by Fox Searchlight.

As previously reported, Newman also has John Lee Hancock’s Netflix original movie The Highwaymen starring Kevin Costner & Woody Harrelson coming up.


http://filmmusicreporter.com/2018/11/07/thomas-newman-scoring-dome-karukoskis-tolkien-biopic/






 
 Posted:   Nov 8, 2018 - 3:43 PM   
 By:   Adventures of Jarre Jarre   (Member)


  • Thomas Newman is currently recording his score for the upcoming biographical drama Tolkien. The film is directed by Dome Karukoski (Tom of Finland) and stars Nicholas Hoult-


    I'M IN. Yep, that's all I needed.

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     Posted:   Nov 9, 2018 - 12:49 AM   
     By:   Drawgoon   (Member)

    mmm... I have a feeling I already know how this one is going to sound like.

     
     Posted:   Nov 9, 2018 - 3:50 AM   
     By:   spielboy   (Member)

    how?

     
     
     Posted:   Nov 9, 2018 - 5:18 AM   
     By:   Drawgoon   (Member)

    Just a feeling. That synopsis? He's done many scores that cover similar topics, and they all seem to follow similar principles and patterns really. I'd say they're all subdued variations of an already established sound. Lots of short cues, the piano in the lead, arrays of plucked or struck strings, occasional quirky instrument overdubs, understated themes, maybe even a short dialog or sfx to open or close the cues with, so on and so forth. I do not know the notes he wrote for this film but somehow it feels like I know the direction he took for it. He is not really big on surprises.

     
     
     Posted:   Nov 9, 2018 - 5:20 AM   
     By:   Thor   (Member)

    Yeah, I'm pretty confident this will sound somewhere in the territory of SAVING MR. BANKS. So those who expect any kind of reference to the Shore vernacular would be disappointed. My prediction, anyway. Let's see what happens.

     
     Posted:   Nov 9, 2018 - 5:26 AM   
     By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

    Yeah, it's hardly a shock that Newman has a very predictable sound at this point in his career. It would be great if he branched out into sci-fi or something, but hell, even when he did that, it sounded no different!

     
     Posted:   Nov 9, 2018 - 6:57 AM   
     By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)

    Maybe the director will want Newman to play up the fantasy element in some areas and we can hear His take on Middle Earth. You never know.

     
     Posted:   Nov 9, 2018 - 6:57 AM   
     By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)

    dp

     
     Posted:   Nov 9, 2018 - 7:01 AM   
     By:   davefg   (Member)

    Yeah, it's hardly a shock that Newman has a very predictable sound at this point in his career. It would be great if he branched out into sci-fi or something, but hell, even when he did that, it sounded no different!

    Ad Astra (2019) might be the score that you are looking for.

     
     
     Posted:   Nov 9, 2018 - 7:07 AM   
     By:   Thor   (Member)

    I saw up again PASSENGERS just two days ago, and although it no doubt has the Newman sound all over it, I was nonetheless taken by the 'depth' of the cues, even when it's doing its plunkety-plunk piano ostinati things. So there WAS a sci fi element there. More than in WALL-E, anyway.

    But maybe this AD ASTRA thing is the one that truly makes him branch out a bit. Still remember the surprise in hearing the 'death of Delacroix' cue on THE GREEN MILE for the first time, thinking "what the hell? Can Newman write this gruelling, operatic horror cue?". I want to experience that kind of surprise again. I seriously doubt TOLKIEN is going to give me that, though. As I said -- my money is on it sounding like SAVING MR. BANKS 2.

     
     Posted:   Nov 9, 2018 - 12:27 PM   
     By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

    As I said -- my money is on it sounding like SAVING MR. BANKS 2.

    Meaning no disrespect, Thor, it's not exactly a stretch to imagine that two period pieces about authors and what led to their seminal works might be scored in a similar vernacular, and not with gruelling, operatic horror. Newman will score the film in front of him.

    Also, I think "WALL•E" is a very solid and very sci-fi score, and one of my favorites.

     
     Posted:   Nov 9, 2018 - 4:08 PM   
     By:   spielboy   (Member)

    so you dont expect it to sound like... MAN WITH RED SHOE?

    that's a revelation smile

     
     Posted:   Nov 9, 2018 - 8:54 PM   
     By:   Replicant006   (Member)

    While I do love Thomas Newman's work, it would've been more daring to try to get Howard Shore attached to this project. I would have been much more excited to hear what subtleties he could've come up with that would've tied the music together with his work on The Hobbit and LOTR.

     
     Posted:   Nov 9, 2018 - 8:59 PM   
     By:   John W   (Member)

    While I do love Thomas Newman's work, it would've been more daring to try to get Howard Shore attached to this project. I would have been much more excited to hear what subtleties he could've come up with that would've tied the music together with his work on The Hobbit and LOTR.

    I stated this in the other thread - a film about Tolkien deserves to stand on its own, not just provide an opportunity for connecting the dots to PJ's interpretation. Shore's work exists in that domain, and I love every bit of it. But it doesn't belong here.

     
     Posted:   Nov 9, 2018 - 10:02 PM   
     By:   Replicant006   (Member)

    While I do love Thomas Newman's work, it would've been more daring to try to get Howard Shore attached to this project. I would have been much more excited to hear what subtleties he could've come up with that would've tied the music together with his work on The Hobbit and LOTR.

    I stated this in the other thread - a film about Tolkien deserves to stand on its own, not just provide an opportunity for connecting the dots to PJ's interpretation. Shore's work exists in that domain, and I love every bit of it. But it doesn't belong here.


    Perhaps you're right. The film does deserve to stand on its own, apart from any connection with PJ's films. I think I am just biased and would rather hear any score from Shore over Thomas Newman. And one should never underestimate Shore's abilities. I think he could easily create music that is unique and beautiful for Tolkien while being wholly apart from LOTR and The Hobbit films.

    Still, I am excited to hear what Newman creates.

     
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