For his past two movies, Kill Bill and Death Proof, Quentin Tarantino appropriated some of the music by noted film composer Ennio Morricone. No actual collaboration ever occurred, even though Tarantino was requesting that people write Morricone-esque music for his next film. It's not like this was the first time he'd tried for Morricone, either, since the Italian composer refused to work on Pulp Fiction.
But now, word comes that Morricone has finally accepted Tarantino's request for collaboration. Variety reports that the composer will be writing the music for Inglorious Basterds, though he may not have time to score the entire film. "Tarantino will finish shooting the film in February and has to deliver
it by the end of April in time for Cannes," said Morricone. "That doesn't leave me enough
time to do the music. Either I start working on it before he stops
shooting--after we discuss it together--or I just can't do it."
is one of the few film composers who doesn't simply write the melodic lines
and the underlying chords, but, like Bernard Hermann and John Williams,
he writes out the full orchestration. This leads to the depth of his
scores, featured most famously in Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy, but
also a pace that can't be rushed, even though Morricone has often
scored four or five films in a year. The composer notes that this may
mean, "[he] might end up just writing a couple of tracks."
Tarantino's penchant for using pop music, just a couple of tracks may
be ideal. This news also shows how serious Tarantino is
about his premiere date. Let's hope he decides to give the movie the
production time it deserves and doesn't trim corners in music or
elsewhere for its final cut.
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