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Powell, Beltrami and Mastodon — a ‘Hex’ on ‘Jonah’ soundtrack?

CineMusic Filmmusic and Soundtracks - Vr, 16/04/2010 - 18:46


New York Magazine wonders where the trailers and promos for Warner Bros. upcoming comic-book adaptation Jonah Hex are. Detailing the troubled production, they focus almost entirely on the situation surrounding the music. Director Jimmy Hayward ported his Horton Hears a Who! composer John Powell over to Hex, to collaborate with heavy metallers Mastodon.

“The band had been brought in by Hayward to collaborate on the score with Horton’s composer John Powell back in September 2009. However, the re-shoots and subsequent reediting meant Powell, who was already booked for Tom Cruise’s Knight and Day and Doug Liman’s Valerie Plame pic Fair Game, had to leave. “There was no animosity,” says Hinds. “He was just like, ‘If you haven’t figured out what you’re doing cinematically, I gotta go.’”


Enter Marco Beltrami, says Mastodon’s Brent Hinds:

“All of a sudden, there’s this new guy, who went in a different direction,” continues Hinds, who by that point was on a world tour with the band. “And there was no way he could connect with me: They brought all the new scenes to us, but I was on tour this entire time, so I had no time to preconceive what I wanted the movie to sound like. Being so busy … it’s hard to be creative when you’re going through the same motions every day [onstage].”

And a bit of caution to filmmakers looking to hire non-traditional composers, who, you know, can’t cater to a year’s worth of post-production fixes:

“Hinds says that Beltrami wanted a more restrained, subtle approach than the vigorous shredding Mastodon recorded for Hex in L.A. last fall. “I totally had to go back and start over again,” says Hinds, reached in Atlanta as he prepped for the band’s 37-date spring tour of North America, which begins in Charleston, South Carolina, tonight. “We’re still working on it. We wrapped a little of it today; we’re doing a little more tomorrow. Tomorrow is enough for me. I was finished months ago. We had such short notice to work on the thing.”

“Though constant last-minute change isn’t a new phenomenon in Hollywood, Hinds, a first-time movie composer, has found the process frustrating. “I blew my wad over there,” he says of the time Mastodon spent recording and composing in L.A. last fall. “It was some of the best shit I’ve ever written in my life. Now I’m just trying to finish with as much patience as possible.”

Jonah Hex is due in theaters June 18th. (Obviously) there is no date set for a soundtrack album at this time.

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