New Details on T-Bone Burnett and Danny Elfman’s Soundtracks for THE HUNGER GAMES

     August 3, 2011


New details have emerged on Danny Elfman and T-Bone Burnett’s collaboration on the score and soundtrack for The Hunger Games.  The two are working together not only on the instrumentation for the movie, but will oversee a collection of songs used in the film and “influenced” by the film from new and established artists.  Why we can’t confirm that Lenny Kravitz (who plays Cinna in the film) will have a song on the album, I’m going to say “Yes, he will” and then brag about how I called this easily predictable outcome whenever the track listing is announced.

But I don’t know which album it will be on.  Universal Republic will be releasing multiple albums and multiple genres.  According to THR, the themes of the novel–freedom, rebellion, survival, family—will influence the music as will the various locales visited in the post-apocalyptic and impoverished world the characters inhabit.  I’m curious to see how Burnett and Elfman will handle the two most important songs from the novel: the song from Katniss’ father and Rue’s song.  Hit the jump for the film’s synopsis.  The Hunger Games opens March 23, 2012.

Here’s the official synopsis for The Hunger Games:

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games.  Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains.

Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy.  If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

THE HUNGER GAMES will be directed by Gary Ross, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Collins’ best-selling novel, which has over 3 million copies in print in the United States alone, is the first in a trilogy of novels which have developed a global following.



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