Clint Mansell to Score ‘Ghost in the Shell’

     November 14, 2016


Paramount Pictures has been ramping up the marketing campaign for Ghost in the Shell over the last few days, and indeed Collider’s own Steve Weintraub has been in Tokyo covering some very splashy events for the live-action adaptation. We got our first promising look at footage by way of the trailer debut this weekend, and during a roundtable discussion with reporters (for which Collider was in attendance), director Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) also broke a bit of news himself: Clint Mansell is composing the score for Ghost in the Shell.

Indeed, the wonderfully talented Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain composer will be handling the score for the sci-fi film, and it actually feels like a perfect fit. Ghost in the Shell is all about questioning one’s own reality, as Scarlett Johansson plays a cyborg field commander. Mansell’s work is often very obtuse and foreboding, and he’s tackled plenty of semi-horror films like Stoker and Black Swan throughout his career, so a sinister undercurrent could be just what Ghost in the Shell needs.

We recently learned that filmmaker Darren Aronofsky has enlisted Jóhann Jóhannsson to score his upcoming film, marking the first time in the director’s career that he’s not working with Mansell. In the meantime, Mansell is expanding his horizons having just worked with Joe Wright on the Black Mirror episode “Nosedive” and collaborating with Duncan Jones on the upcoming sci-fi pic Mute.

Mansell’s one of the most exciting composers working today, and Ghost in the Shell is the first blockbuster-type movie he’s tackled since his days of Doom, Sahara, and Smokin’ Aces, so it’ll be interesting to see what he comes up with.

If you’ve missed any of our recent Ghost in the Shell coverage, peruse the links below.

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