Danny Elfman and T-Bone Burnett are set to team up to score The Hunger Games, Gary Ross‘ adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ dystopian YA novel. Burnett will also produce songs for the soundtrack, as the film’s Executive Music Producer. I probably don’t need to tell you that this is an impressively high-profile collaboration (but I will anyway) — Burnett is an artist and producer with 40 years of experience and 12 Grammys to his name, while Elfman is a four-time Oscar nominee for his work on Men in Black, Good Will Hunting, Big Fish and Milk. The Hunger Games will mark the first time Elfman and Burnett have worked together. Read more after the jump.

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Danny Elfman had a fairly high-profile falling-out with his Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 director Sam Raimi while trying to score Spider-Man 2 — a falling out that prompted the composer to declare that the two would never work together again.

Well, something happened, because now, in addition to scoring Tim Burton‘s Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie, Mr. Elfman says he will be doing the score for Oz: The Great and Powerful, and likely scoring The Hunger Games, as well. Read More »

Though he probably won’t be cloning and killing himself every single night, Hugh Jackman could soon be portraying another type of risky entertainer. He’s set to star in a Broadway musical based on the life of Houdini written by Aaron Sorkin with music by Danny Elfman, lyrics by Glenn Slater and direction by Jack O’Brien. The first two names are huge one for film fans; Sorkin most recently wrote The Social Network and Danny Elfman really needs no introduction. The second two are certainly more stage guys; Slater did lyrics for The Little Mermaid and Love Never Dies, the Phantom of the Opera sequel, while O’Brien not only directed that show but the upcoming Catch Me If You Can adaptation too.

So when will Jackman hit the stage as the master escape artist? Even though the musical has been in the works for two years, it still might be a while. There’s more info after the jump. Read More »

Warner Bros has announced the release of the Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box, a limited edition set which celebrates 25 years of creative collaboration between the duo. The box set features more than 19 hours of music, including fan-requested expansions of 13 film scores (in CD cases featuring artwork created by Burton), plus seven hours of previously unreleased music, a Tim Burton-designed USB skeleton Flash Drive containing MP3s of the whole collection, and a bonus DVD featuring an exclusive conversation between Elfman and Burton.

Not only that, but the set which is limited to only 1000 copies, includes Danse Macabre: 25 Years of Danny Elfman and Tim Burton, a “meticulously researched, lavishly illustrated 250+ page fine linen-wrapped hardbound book, entitled with gold foil stamping, and featuring a foreword by Johnny Depp. The book also includes rare photos, stories, and interviews from the cast and crew behind the scenes of this classic music”. The set is boxed in something that is “designed to evoke a treasure chest found in a mysterious attic” — a large scale, tin-covered music box complete with an embedded music chip playing “The Music Box Suite” arranged and performed by Elfman specifically for this historic collection. And to literally top it all off, with a flip of the lid, a delightful working zoetrope is revealed featuring strips of art and photos by Burton and Elfman that come to animated life with a spin.

The set will be released in December 2010 and is available for preorder on www.elfmanburton.com for $499.99 (plus shipping). Looks amazing, but I can’t justify that high of a price. And at that price it should come signed by both Elfman and Burton (the set is hand numbered but not signed). Check out photos and more information after the jump.

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UPDATE: We have now confirmed that James Newton Howard is in fact taking over for Elfman. Original article follows.

Add another item to the ever-growing list of setbacks plaguing The Green Hornet. The film has been having problems since day one, and between the tacked-on 3D post-conversion and the delayed January (aka “dump month”) release date, it appears that not even the addition of director Michel Gondry (following Stephen Chow‘s departure) may have been enough to salvage the project from its production woes.

The bright side here is that this particular setback may inadvertently work to the film’s advantage. Danny Elfman was originally set to work the score for The Green Hornet, but now he’s out, and James Newton Howard is in talks to take over as composer. Learn more after the break. Read More »

VOTD: Batman Begins With Danny Elfman Score

I think almost everyone loves Danny Elfman‘s original Batman theme music. /Film reader Matt G passes along this video which edits Elfman’s awesome Batman score into the police chase from Batman Begins. For those of you interested to see the fusion of visuals from the Nolanverse and the music of the Burtonverse, you can watch the video embedded after the jump.
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Danny Elfman’s Score is Back in The Wolfman


The Wolfman opens on February 12, but until then it seems like anything could happen with the film. For months the project has been beset by news and rumors of alternate cuts, different teams of editors, new effects, reshoots and the fact that Danny Elfman‘s score was junked in favor of music by Paul Haslinger.

But wait! Now there’s a report that Elfman’s score is back in, though it will need to be bolstered by other music. Read More »


I suppose there’s no small amount of irony here. The original trailer for the upcoming revamp of The Wolfman didn’t work nearly as well as the later, more music video-like version, which featured the sort of pseudo-industrial rock that you might expect to hear accompanying an Underworld or Paul W.S. Anderson movie. Now we’ve learned that Danny Elfman, the original composer for this Wolfman score, has left the project. His replacement? Paul Haslinger, who scored the first and third Underworld movies and Anderson’s Death Race remake. Read More »

Danny Elfman to Score Terminator Salvation

One thing you have to admit about McG is that he has hired all the right people and has been saying all the right things. When it comes to the score for Terminator Salvation, it is no different. Danny Elfman has confirmed to MTV that he will be composing the music for McG’s Terminator film.

Elman says that the classic Terminator theme song by composer Brad Fiedel has not been included in the film yet, but admits that “if it comes up and it seems appropriate, we will [use it]”. I’m guessing that if for some reason they couldn’t find a use for it in the actual film itself (and I think they will) it would be included as the closing credits song.

Danny Elfman has been nominated for three Academy Awards, and has scored such films as the Tim Burton movies, the Spider-Man films, Men in Black, Good Will Hunting, Mission: Impossible, Batman, and Army of Darkness. Elfman has always been hit or miss for me, but I have a feeling that Terminator will be a good fit for him.

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Christopher Lee (Count Dooku in Star Wars, Saruman in Lord of the Rings) has been cast in Tim Burton‘s 3D adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. Lee’s role has not been  disclosed, but I would guess that he is either The Caterpillar, King of Hearts, or The White Knight. Lee has worked with Burton several times: Sleepy Hallow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Corpse Bride. Lee was originally scheduled to be in Burton’s Sweeney Todd, but the sequence his character was part of was cut out during preproduction. [christopherleeweb]

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(Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging), a 16-year-old Beverly teenager, has been cast in a part created specifically for Burton’s adaptation. Eleanor will play Alice’s peer, the spiteful Fiona Chataway, who appears at the beginning of the film before Alice falls down the rabbit hole. [thisishullandeastriding]

Danny Elfman recently confirmed that he is involved in the music for the film. This should come as no surprise as Elfman has worked with Burton on many of his films. You can watch a video of Elfman making the announcement on YouTube.