Terminator Salvation Gets Elfman Bump

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Yes, Danny Elfman is composing the score for T4; no, he's not starting with the original theme and working his way out. This maestro is flying by the seat of his pants.


Danny Elfman should already be on your iPod's sci-fi scores playlist for the early Batmans, Spider-Man, Hulk, Corpse Bride, and the Oscar-nominated Men in Black. Now, MTV confirms that Elfman will lead the orchestra for Terminator Salvation — but will this new work be more like his Chicago songs or more like the score of Good Will Hunting? The musician is twinkly-eyed and tight-lipped:

The Academy Award nominated composer from films like Good Will Hunting, The Corpse Bride and Batman indicated that the original Terminator theme by composer Brad Fiedel was not in use yet; nor is there mandate to incorporate the classic symphonic hook. He did, however, leave the door open for its appearance.

"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."

Adding later that he found the T4 screening "exciting," good old Danny has given us two things to expect from his new project — fun and exciting. Sounds perfectly fitting for the grim tale of a post-apocalyptic Messianic sacrifice!

By the way, MTV also tells us that T4 star and rapper Common will be contributing a track to Salvation's score, following in the footsteps of one alien-fighting Will Smith. Hoping for another wild Oscar bid, Elfman?


Danny Elfman To Score 'Terminator Salvation' [MTV Movies Blog]

Image by Jimmy Lenner, Jr., from Jewish Journal.



Chip Overclock®

Danny Elfman's main theme for the movie CONSPIRACY THEORY is the only mainstream score I can think of that's a Cha Cha. Whether that inspires or terrifies you depends on where you're coming from. It's also a great example of how you can have a really mediocre movie but a great score.