Howard Shore, whom you all know as the three-time Oscar winner for his work on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, has left Peter Jackson’s “King Kong”. Quite a surprising move as it comes at the “11th” hour, less than 2 months before the US release on Dec. 14th.
Here is Peter Jackson’s statement:
“I have greatly enjoyed my collaborations with Howard Shore, whose musical themes made immeasurable contributions to ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. During the last few weeks, Howard and I came to realise that we had differing creative aspirations for the score of ‘King Kong.’ Rather than waste time arguing with a friend and trying to unify our points of view, we decided amicably to let another composer score the film.”
James Newton Howard, the composer who has teamed with M. Night Shyamalan on The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, and The Village, will be brought in to compose an entirely new score.
I guess we’ll have to trust Jackson on this one. Shore’s talented, but if he’s not sharing Jackson’s vision, you can bet the score would have been less than top notch.