Rumor has it that Quentin Tarantino has enlisted legendary film composer Ennio Morricone to compose the score for his upcoming WWII film Inglourious Basterds, this according to Italy Global Nation. Tarantino is notoriously a fan of Morrisone, having used a a bunch of his Spaghetti Western themes in the Kill Bill films and even his latest, Death Proof.
Tarantino Archives says the story isn’t 100% confirmed. I personally remember Tarantino saying that he wouldn’t be hiring a composer on this film because he likes picking his own soundtracks (and to be fair, he’s really good at that). You might remember that a cool remix of Morricone’s “The Ecstasy of Gold” from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly was recently used in David Fincher’s Nike commercial.
I’m kinda conflicted about the idea of Morricone scoring Basterds. My immediate thought is that Morricone would instantly rase the epic-ness level of the filn, and it would be cool to see what Morricone could come up with under Tarantino’s direction. On the other hand, I’m a huge fan of Tarantino’s compilation soundtracks. Like the soundtracks of Wes Anderson, they have exposed me to a lot of musical artists and movies that I wouldn’t normally have come across. But the real question is, which would better service the film? I say have Morricone create a couple themes that will play at certain moments, but also use a mix of period and contemporary music.