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Elfman Scoring Next TERMINATOR

Will the original score be in it?

By Jarrod Sarafin     January 10, 2009
Source: MTV

CHRISTIAN BALE stars as John Connor in Warner Bros. Pictures' action/sci-fi feature "Terminator Salvation," a Warner Bros. Pictures release, also starring Sam Worthington.
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Scoremaster Danny Elfman confirmed to MTV that he's begun composing the musical side of Terminator Salvation for Warner Bros. and director McG. While strolling the red carpet of the Critics' Choice Awards he had this to say.

"I just started yesterday," Elfman said.

Will the original Terminator theme by Brad Fiedel be incorporated into Elfman's theme?

“I think if it comes up and it seems appropriate, we will [use it],” Elman said. “And if it doesn’t, we [won't]. I never really know what to expect when I begin other than just kind of get into it and have fun. Especially a movie like “T4” – just have fun. So that’s what I intend to do.”"

The upcoming fourth installment is in post production and stars Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Bryce Dallas Howard, Moon Bloodgood and Common. Director McG leads behind the camera, based on a screenplay by Michael Ferris, John Brancato, Paul Haggis, Jonathan Nolan, Shaun Ryan and Anthony Zuiker.

Plot Summary: In the highly anticipated new installment of "The Terminator" film franchise, set in post-apocalyptic 2018, Christian Bale stars as John Connor, the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet's operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind.

Terminator Salvation will hit theaters May 22, 2009.


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xenomorph 1/10/2009 8:05:03 AM

Elfman did an excellent job doing the score for TDK. Terminator Salvation is in good hands.

almostunbiased 1/10/2009 10:24:21 AM

I think he's great and since music really makes a movie this is good news.  I think composers don't get the credit they deserve.  I mean we all like to score, but just not the way these guys do it.

jorson28 1/10/2009 11:17:27 AM

Xenomorph, Elman didn't score THE DARK KNIGHT - that was Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard.  You might be confused because it's Batman - Elfman DID score the two Tim Burton Batman movies in 1989 and 1992. 

As for him scoring The Dark Knight, my opinion is that while Elfman is probably my favorite modern film composer of all, I don't see him fitting this picture.  Sorry.  I could be wrong - I didn't see him fitting the HULK picture, but he managed to pleasantly surprise.  I think it's a matter of me really wanting some continuity in this, like any other franchise, and finding it hard to envision Elfman being true to any part of Fidel's appropriately industrial feel to the original first two scores. 

Wiseguy 1/10/2009 12:44:14 PM

I want the original theme. It is  bad ass and perfectly suited for Terminator. Elfman better find a way to incorporate it and if not he shouldn't do it. As a matter of fact I say just stick to0 the original and eff Elfman.

death4sale 1/10/2009 10:26:48 PM

Why wouldn't the original theme be used? It is still Terminator, whether Arnold's there or not. We as the audience associate that particular theme with the Terminator franchise. The theme has been used since the 1st movie and for them to not incorporate  it into this movie would be a huge mistake. We all know how the great epic theme can really set the mood for a film and how excited it can make people when they're watching the movie at the theater. That's part of what the theater-going experience is supposed to be...EXCITING!!! I like Elfman and I think he's a great film composer, but I'm not sure his credits fit this style of film. He oftens done odd films of a dark and macabre nature. I don't recall him doing much sci-fi. I think a composer that could've knocked this out of the ballpark would've been Basil Poledouris. He was a great composer who had nothing but epic scores. His scores may have practically sounded all the same, but they sounded grand and exciting. Another composer that might have done a good job is John Ottman. Although Superman Returns had it's problems, the score was not one of them. He crafted a great score and kept the feeling of the John Williams composition.

laforcer69@yahoo.com_home 1/11/2009 4:26:42 AM

Forget the original music, that was best suited for the first three movies, this is something completely different, ya so there is Terminators trying to kill John Connor, thats about it...A whole differend story, a whole different feel and look all deserve a new score...I would not mind hearing certain themes that were in the first three but there has to be some fresh music going on there as well...That's my story and I am sticking to it...By the way, Elfman did not score TDK, at this moment I can't remember the names of the two men that did but it was not Elfman that much is sure...

wrrlykam 1/13/2009 2:12:13 PM

Wrong Dark Knight film. Elfman did the the Batman move twenty years ago. Terminator, never saw that one coming.



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