Knock At The Cabin Originally Featured A Theme For Dave Bautista, But It Ended Up On The Cutting Room Floor [Exclusive]

This post contains spoilers for "Knock at the Cabin."

No matter what your opinion is of M. Night Shyamalan's "Knock at the Cabin," whether you love it or hate it, we can all agree that Dave Bautista's portrayal of Leonard is off-the-charts good. It feels like the character stepped right out of Paul Tremblay's book (the more appropriately titled "The Cabin at the End of the World") and Bautista really captured all the walking, talking conflicts of the character.

Leonard is a teddy bear, but he also looks like he could rip a phonebook in half. He's a non-violent person, a teacher, who ends up representing a great threat to this poor family out at an isolated cabin. You don't know what to believe when Leonard starts explaining that the world is coming to an end and only through an unthinkable sacrifice can mankind be saved. Is this gentle giant actually a Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse or is he a fringe lunatic trying to come across as sane?

That's the question confronting the main characters as well as the audience ... and that's actually why you may have noticed a lack of any kind of musical cue for the character.

Leonard's heavy burden

Interestingly enough, a theme for Leonard was one of the very things composer Herdís Stefánsdóttir ("The Hate U Give") wrote when she got the job. In an interview with /Film's own Jack Giroux, Stefánsdóttir called it "beautiful and melancholic," reflecting this character who believes himself to be a force for good, which admittedly doesn't seem very accurate on a surface-level examination of the scene in front of audiences. A big dude with a crude weapon tying up two dads and their little girl isn't what you'd expect from someone who thinks they're the good guy.

Stefánsdóttir describes the character as having a heavy burden "and the theme I wrote for him resulted in his acceptance of that, but we actually didn't end up using that in the film." She went on to explain exactly why.

"After I had written some character things before seeing the movie, we understood that we had to take another direction in the film, because a big part of the plot is that we cannot reveal who Leonard really is. That has to wait. So we cannot reveal anything about the characters with the music. There couldn't be a real profound character theme for Leonard or something that tells us about who they are, because it's so important that we don't know, and the music doesn't tell that."

In short, a theme for Leonard would either tip the story's hand way too early or feel incredibly deceptive, so the decision was made to axe it completely.