David Cronenberg has been a forward-thinking guy at many points in his career, but the overall tone of his films tends more towards the classic than the contemporary. He has relied upon Howard Shore to score his films for over thirty years. While some of those scores have been as unusual as the films they complemented, none have exactly been rock. (Even Crash, an absolutely brilliant score based around reverb and guitar, is far less rock than, say, Neil Young’s Dead Man, a similar score.)

So it’s a surprise to hear that Canadian rock band Metric, of whom you may know thanks to their song ‘Black Sheep,’ used in Scott Pilgrim, will collaborate with Howard Shore on the score for Cronenberg’s upcoming Cosmopolis.

The band revealed the collaboration on its official site (via The Playlist). The quote goes:

We just confirmed we will be working with our favorite film composer Howard Shore on the score for a new David Cronenberg movie starring Robert Pattinson, minus the vampires! It’s an adaptation of the book ‘Cosmopolis’ by Don DeLillo, and the themes are right in tune with the overall mood of the world at the moment. In ‘Cosmopolis,’ the rat has become a unit of currency!

The root of this collaboration is likely the band’s work on the music for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, for which Metric also worked with Shore. I’m generally indifferent to Metric, but tying another Metric/Shore collaboration to a Cronenberg movie is something I want to hear.

Cosmopolis is in post-production now, and should be released sometime in 2012. In addition to Pattinson, it stars Juliette Binoche, Samantha Morton, Jay Baruchel, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Gadon and Mathieu Amalric.

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