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One-on-One With The Wolfman's Joe Johnston
Mon Feb 8, 2010 06:48

Rotten: Do you mind talking about the back and forth about the score? Elfman is back and I thought that worked out for the best.

Johnston: It does. Danny had to score a film that was half an hour longer [than what the film is now]. And he had to score it very early. It was last summer, I think. He said, "This has happened to me before, and I know it's going to happen now. You're going to re-cut the film and my score isn't going to work." We re-cut the film, we put his score in. And what happened is he had themes he had spaced out and it worked great in his cut. When we took out that half hour, his themes were closer together. So things get familiar and you go, "Wait, I just heard that." We previewed the film, we all recognized it didn't work. But there was a reaction from someone high up at NBC/Universal, because a new trailer had been cut with the electronic score, someone said, "Hey, let's do the whole film that way!" It was something I reacted to pretty violently. That's the wrong idea, guys. They said they were going to try it. I had been so worn down, I said, "Okay, let's try it." They hired a guy who is a talented composer in his own right. They assigned him something that was almost impossible to do. When we put his music to the picture, even though the music was working, it was so out of context with what you were seeing. You can do anything in a trailer, put any music in and the audience doesn't see that trailer and go to the movie expecting that music. So the studio, to their credit, after they heard the new score, recognized Danny had a better score that matched the film. We then went back in to record about 15 minutes of new material.

    • Wolfman Director Joe Johnstonreza, Wed Feb 10 20:37
      How important is music to a film like this? I think it's extremely important. Because the trailer was so successful when it came out, someone in charge at Universal said, "Why don't we try that kind... more
      • Re: Wolfman Director Joe JohnstonBlunt, Tue Feb 23 03:07
        Getting very dizzy with this. Had wondered why Elfman's soundtrack CD remained on Amazon. Still waiting for delivery. Film reviews here are mostly poor. Anyone seen it yet? Blunt
        • Re: Wolfman Director Joe JohnstonThor, Tue Feb 23 07:18
          Yes, I have. It's a rather lackluster film which could have been so much better (I think) if Mark Romanek had been kept on as director. But Elfman's score is good, albeit a bit noisy. It's mixed very ... more
          • First thoughts on CDBlunt, Sat Feb 27 12:01
            Not going to be able to see it until midweek but have the CD now. VERY Kilar, a touch of Zimmer (think The Ring ), a splash of Sleepy Hollow . Nothing wrong, but Thur's right - it's loud. And it's... more
            • Allice/Wolf dilemmaBlunt, Sun Mar 7 09:58
              Not seeing Alice until late in the week. Been listening to both scores. As much as I admire The Wolfman , Alice just checks too many Elfman boxes. Too darn catchy I forgive any sin. But just can't... more
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