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 Posted:   Oct 30, 2012 - 5:28 AM   
 By:   David (Giacchino-fan)   (Member)

http://filmmusicreporter.com/2012/10/26/james-newton-howard-to-score-disneys-maleficent/


Sounds interesting. I'm wondering if this will be in the same vein as Snow White & The Huntsman.

 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2012 - 7:17 AM   
 By:   Ravi Krishna   (Member)

Very cool assignment for sure. George Bruns' score to the original animated Sleeping Beauty is one of my all-time favourites. Although I liked Snow White, I hope JNH keeps aside the synths/electronics and produces a purely orchestral score this time. smile

 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2012 - 7:22 AM   
 By:   losher22   (Member)

Hmm...interesting. I actually had the opposite thought, Ravi - I'd be very curious to hear a JNH score for Disney that's chock-full of synth/electronic (I'm thinking of a Tron Legacy-lite type score sans futuristic leanings). Either way, this should be pretty good stuff.

 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2012 - 7:27 AM   
 By:   Ravi Krishna   (Member)

Yep, that would be interesting. But I personally think the subject matter of this movie would be better suited by a grand, old-fashioned symphonic score. I wouldn't mind JNH scoring the Tron sequel (if any), though. smile

 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2012 - 7:44 AM   
 By:   yonythemoony   (Member)

From what I saw of the shooting of the film, it looks very old fashioned, which Snow White wasn't. It's great to see JNH working in Disney again.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2012 - 8:05 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I had hoped my interview with JNH (which is being published tomorrow) would break this news, but alas! Hard to beat filmmusicreporter in that arena. In any case, it looks interesting.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2012 - 8:19 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

What George Bruns did was to adapt Tchaikovsky.

I'm sure Mr. Howard's contribution will be more in his own style.

(BTW: should anyone be interested, JNH is also scoring the new M.Night Shyamalan film, AFTER EARTH, which I will go see, because I have liked many of his previous films, and have loved most of JNH's scores for them.)

 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2012 - 8:27 AM   
 By:   losher22   (Member)

BTW: should anyone be interested, JNH is also scoring the new M.Night Shyamalan film, AFTER EARTH, which I will go see, because I have liked many of his previous films, and have loved most of JNH's scores for them.

I'm with you there 100% my friend!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2012 - 10:46 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

Love your photo.

Makes you look like an extra from THE OMEGA MAN.... lol

 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2012 - 2:49 PM   
 By:   losher22   (Member)

Love your photo.

Makes you look like an extra from THE OMEGA MAN.... lol


Thank you sir! Was going for a Unibomber look, but I guess your perspective sounds less foreboding! smile

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2012 - 5:52 PM   
 By:   maximus_rh   (Member)

I'm glad that a very talented composer has got the job, and the score undoubtedly has great potential. However...

Not to be overly negative but I feel JNH has been phoning it in a little for the last couple of years, composing merely serviceable scores with only a few highlights that hint at his great talent. I'm sure that this score will be at the very least 'quite good', but I haven't felt enthused about a Howard score upon listening to it since the tourist and the last airbender (which themselves are a fair bit off his best work), whereas he used to be a blind buy for me for a long time. Again, I hate to sound so down on a composer I often love, but I just get the feeling he's been hired to just write his recent Snow White again, which I found to be efficient but largely uninteresting, with frustrating snippets of excellence.

Of course I could be a little biased as I've been imagining a score for this from my favourite composer, Danny Elfman, for quite a while (Tim Burton was once attached to the project). I know that choice is a little on the nose, but I think Elfman could have done something spectacular. Of course JNH could as well, so I should probably be quiet and wait to hear the results!

 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2014 - 2:19 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

CD coming May 27: http://www.amazon.com/Maleficent-Soundtrack/dp/B00HZVX1C6/

 
 Posted:   Feb 13, 2014 - 2:28 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Off topic they gave Malificent Spock ears! On topic will they use classical excerpts like the animated version?

 
 Posted:   Mar 18, 2014 - 12:59 PM   
 By:   David (Giacchino-fan)   (Member)

This new trailer actually intrigues me. It seems like JNH will be give a good opportunity to do what he does best. Here's hoping he was given a lot of creative freedom with this score.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjZUVHm-PqU

 
 Posted:   Mar 18, 2014 - 5:00 PM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

I have high hopes for this as well. Hopefully I will have a winner with this score.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 18, 2014 - 5:50 PM   
 By:   ryankeaveney   (Member)

I always thought it would be better if Maleficent were the good guy...!...?

 
 Posted:   Mar 18, 2014 - 7:42 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Sleeping Beauty meets Lord of the Rings?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 18, 2014 - 9:54 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I am hoping it is as good as his marvelous score to DINOSAUR.

 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2014 - 7:42 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Sleeping Beauty meets Lord of the Rings?

More like Sleeping Beauty meets Snow White and the Huntsman. frown

 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2014 - 9:13 PM   
 By:   yonythemoony   (Member)

The trailer has a bit of JNH in it. The orchestral background of Lana Del Rey's song has his sound, and given that he has been working with known artists in recent films, providing orchestral arragments of their songs, I wouldn't be surprised if the same happened in here.

The photos of the scoring sessions are very good (adult/children choirs + big orchestra). Hopefully Murphy's mix of the score won't ruin it (Catching Fire had a better balance between choir, orchestra and synths than JNH's previous six scores).

 
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