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"King Kong" Drops Howard Shore

It looks as if the mighty partnership of Peter Jackson and Howard Shore has crashed upon the rocks of artistic difference. The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Shore, whose score for Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy was admired by many, couldn't see eye-to-eye with Jackson about how the music for "King Kong" should be approached.

Jackson makes it sound like a pretty friendly parting of ways, but it couldn't have been all roses to be faced with the need to find an eleventh-hour replacement for someone of Shore's reputation and caliber. I guess not all director/composer relationships are as sturdy as David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti's, or Mike Leigh and Andrew Dickson's.

To step in and replace Shore on the very-soon-to-be-released "King Kong" film (Dec. 14), you might have expected Richard Band ("Re-Animator," "Puppet Master," "Castle Freak"), but you would have been wrong, sadly. You'll just have to live with Jackson's choice of James Newton Howard, who also has a few credits to his name.--Pete Mesling

Posted by Pete on October 15, 2005 10:08 PM
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