Howard Shore to Score Eclipse

Howard Shore the mater behind the Lord of the Rings score is on board to score Eclipse. Shore is also tapped for the upcoming Vancouver Olympics’ music.

“No matter how much hate is thrown at The Twilight Saga, you can’t deny that the franchise has reeled in its fair share of talent. Not only have they brought in talented and acclaimed actors like Dakota Fanning, Anna Kendrick, and Michael Sheen, but it’s brought in gifted composers like Alexandre Desplat to write music for the vampire romance. Now the saga has upped their game even further as Movie Score Magazine reports that Howard Shore (responsible for the Oscar winning music from the Lord of the Rings trilogy) has been brought on to compose the score for the third forthcoming installment in the series .”

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  1. awwwwwwesome….and ive said since twilight that Peter Jackson should direct Breaking Dawn. THAT would be perfect!

    • I’M WITH YOU…I REALLY THINK ONLY PETER JACKSON AND HIS AMAZING CREW WOULD BE CAPABLE OF PULLING OFF THE SPECIAL EFFECTS FOR BREAKING DAWN. AND I THINK HE’S THE ONLY PERSON IN THE WORLD WITH A PRAYER OF MAKING RENESMEE LOOK EVEN SOMEWHAT REAL. EVER SINCE I READ BREAKING DAWN I’VE WANTED PETER JACKSON TO DIRECT THE MOVIE…IT WOULD BE AWESOME!!!

  2. I’m excited to hear the music. I’m sure it’ll be fantastic!

  3. Howard Shore is ah-fraking-maz-ing!!

    His work from LOTR, The Departed and The Aviator are fantastic…this just makes waiting for June even harder!!

  4. This is great news! I love Howard’s work, he’s one one of my favourite composers. His scores are very subtle, which is what Eclipse needs. I like Desplat’s New Moon score now but when I first saw the movie, the music annoyed me a lot and it didn’t seem to fit into the scenes. I wonder if Howard’s going to keep some of the old themes… I doubt it.

  5. Howard Shore is one of my all time favorite composers. I have several of his scores. The Lord of the Rings was fantastic, and what is really strange… and now sort of amusing… I listened to his score for “The Fly” during the reading of New Moon, as the score can not only be scary, but has a very tragic undertone to it. “The Phone Call” in particular was a great piece of music, especially since I was playing it while reading the part where Jacob tells Bella that she can’t come over.
    So to hear that he is on board for Eclipse makes me even more excited about seeing the movie, and buying the score. David has been hinting that Twilight fans are going to be delighted with their new composer. (He couldn’t say anything until contracts were finalized). Gotta love this business.

  6. Eric English says:

    I love how the article says there so proud to be bringing in all these “acclaimed actors!” like Dakota Fanning. In reality these actors have 1-2 lines per movie, and dont really add anything at all. I would have honestly preferd if a nobody played Jane. All these Cameo appearences are just a joke, and then they go and do 1000 interviews like they are actully somebody in the movie, what a joke.

    • ya know eric,,think they all did a great job w/the roles..I do agree with what you are saying.Yes they had like a 1000 interviews and only said like to lines… hhehe…Honestly the parts could have gone to new actors.They probably added these actors to expand the twisaga to a bigger audience and make it less indie.. well cant wait to see the rest am hoping for better writing…

  7. Absolutely great news. Howard Shore is one of my favorite composers. Loved the LOTR score. Glad to hear this. This has made my day.

    And…quite frankly, I thought Dakota, Anna, Sheen, and all the rest were great in the limited roles they had.

  8. OHHH how great!!!! Just hope they leave enough money for the clothing department…..

  9. seriouslysirius says:

    OMG Howard Shore is a master, the lord of the rings score is one of the best movie score ever made in the history of cinema. I have to say that I am glad that Desplat is not composing for Eclipse, the New Moon one was fine but I found myself always listening to the same tune. Although the New Moon score was better than Twilight. I think that Howard Shore will bring it to a whole other level.

    • I DON’T THINK ANYONE REALLY APPRECIATES THE CREEPINESS OF THE TWILIGHT SCORE UNTIL YOUR DRIVING DOWN A TREE LINED ROAD AT 2 AM IN THE POURING DOWN RAIN WITH NO CLUE AS TO WHERE YOU ARE. LOL

  10. you know i had kind of wanted alexandre desplat to stay on for eclipse since he did such a great job with new moon, but WOW, Howard Shore???? The LOTR soundtrack is probably my favorite movie score EVER made! this makes me so happy!

    and yeah, whoever said peter jackson should direct Breaking Dawn… i TOTALLY agree.

    not to turn on Slade or Weitz because I think i’d be just as happy to see either one of them do it. I’m still so grateful to Weitz for a beautiful New Moon… but whatever it takes to make Breaking Dawn as perfect as it could be, I’m all for it.

    Summit… you’ve heard our cry. Now if only there was a way someone could go back and completely redo Twilight… hmmm…

  11. liz raine says:

    SO STOKED! i was bidding for Alexandre Desplat again, but i must say, i am more than okay with this!

  12. I’m really excited the Shore is doing the music for Eclipse–he is amazing. I have to admit though that I’m disappointed that Desplat isn’t doing Eclipse. I really loved the music for New Moon. It’s true that there was a lot of the same melody, but that’s what tied it all together. I felt that’s what Twilight was missing…a recurring theme. That’s one of the best parts of a score–like the Harry Potter theme. Although I’m really excited about Shore, in my opinion, Desplat has done the best job with what “Bella’s Lullaby” should have been.

    • Funny, I thought Twilight had a singular music theme moving throughout the movie. I liked Burwell’s take on Twilight, and I, for one, liked his interpretation of “Bella’s Lullabye.”

    • This is interesting. I just posted pretty much the opposite of what you said about recurring themes… I thought Twilight had a strong recurring theme, and I couldn’t get it out of my head after seeing the film once. I loved “Bella’s Lullaby”. New Moon, if it had a theme, I can’t remember what it sounded like after two viewings of the film and even a couple listens to the score. I thought Burwell set the mood for the film exactly right.

      • Oh yeah, and what is also weird is that I used the example of the Harry Potter theme as well… only I think Twilight had that and New Moon lacked it. Weird!

    • Laces, I competely agree about Bella’s Lullaby. I think The Meadow is what Bella’s Lullaby should have been. The music that Carter Burwell wrote for that song was pretty, but way too optimistic, especially at the end. SM specifically wrote that Bella’s lullaby ends on a melancholy note (either in Twilight or Midnight Sun, can’t remember) and Burwell’s version ends in a big upswell. That doesn’t really fit Edward’s longing for what he (at that point) knows he can never have.

      I really enjoyed Andre Desplat’s score, but I’m very happy to hear Shore in on-board. Bring on Eclipse!

  13. Kelly Ray says:

    After seeing his direction of District 9, I hope Peter Jackson stays well away from Breaking Dawn

  14. LOTR’s excellent score kickstarted my interest in movie music and of course, that was ‘cos of Howard Shore’s beautifully inspired work.
    I’ve since ALWAYS paid attention to the score in any movie and to know that he’s on board for Eclipse really takes the cake!

    I’m even more inpatient for 30 June now!! :)

  15. And I simply must stand up for Carter Burwell and Alexandre Desplat!

    Their respective scores for Twilight and New Moon were, in my humble opinion, amazingly APPROPRIATE for the ‘feel’ of each movie, and were a compelling reason for me to watch multiple times (apart from Robward, of course!), to appreciate the music more and more with each viewing. :)

    • Yep, I loved their scores as well. Yet, I am just as excited to hear what Shore will do with Eclipse.
      Can’t wait!

  16. Wow, this is something big.

  17. I’m thrilled to hear that Howard Shore will score the music for Eclipse. That means it’s going to be heroic and moody at the same time. He set the standard for epic scores with LOTR and now he’ll get the chance to score another big novel adaptation with Eclipse. Not bad for a guy who worked on Saturday Night Live back in the 70s,during the Dan Ackroyd years.

  18. I know Desplat is supposed to be great, but I really thought he was off the ball with the NM score. Burwell’s score for Twilight was awesome… it kept running through my head, and set a perfect atmosphere for the movie. Desplat’s sounded generic and empty; I can’t even remember how it sounds after seeing NM twice. I was really disappointed that he didn’t work off of Burwell’s “Bella’s Lullaby” theme, which was so characteristic (I had hoped to see it repeated in all the films, kind of like the “Harry Potter” opening theme). I liked Twilight more than New Moon for just two reasons: the music and the atmosphere. New Moon lost all of Twilight’s grittiness and teen angst. Just my 2 cents. I hope Shore does a better job than Desplat.

  19. So glad that no one will be subjected to Deplat’s amateur composing again. If I wanted to listen to a cheesy horror movie score, I would. I would have liked to have seen Carter Burwell back (since he actually knew what the word theme implied) but Howard Shore is a decent option. I’m still pulling for Danny Elfman for Breaking Dawn though.

  20. Charlotte says:

    Iagree with what some others have said above – Twilight had a theme that was instantly recognisable and stuck in your head straight away. I thought the score it had the exact right balance of love and sadness/longing and suited the film perfectly.
    New Moon on the other hand, didn’t have a theme that stayed with me. The score was ok, but I was very disapointed with it in comparison to Twilight. I too would have like to have seen Bella’s lullaby used throughout the series.
    Howard Shore is amazing, and I’m please to see him onboard. I really really hope he does the film proud, and maybe even brings a hint of bella’s lullaby back.

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