View Full Version : Peter Jackson dismisses composer/friend Howard Shore for King Kong score

Smith will Suffice
15-10-05, 05:48
Reports are coming in that Howard Shore has been replaced by James Newton Howard to score the King Kong film. From Soundtrack.net: Sources in the film music industry have indicated to SoundtrackNet that Howard Shore's score to Peter Jackson's King Kong has been dropped. Hired to replace him is composer James Newton Howard. Due out on December 14, the film requires over two hours of music, which must now be written over the next few weeks.

There is no indication currently as to why Shore's score has been replaced, and all indications are that most - if not all - of the score has already been recorded in New Zealand. The replacement score will be recorded in Los Angeles. More details to come as we get them.


UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Pictures confirmed today that James Newton Howard will compose the original score for the dramatic adventure "King Kong," which is directed by triple Academy Award(R) winner Peter Jackson. Mr. Howard replaces Howard Shore, who is leaving the project.

Peter Jackson made the following statement: "I have greatly enjoyed my collaborations with Howard Shore, whose musical themes made immeasurable contributions to 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy. During the last few weeks, Howard and I came to realize that we had differing creative aspirations for the score of 'King Kong.' Rather than waste time arguing with a friend and trying to unify our points of view, we decided amicably to let another composer score the film. I'm looking forward to working with James Newton Howard, a composer whose work I've long admired, and I thank Howard Shore, whose talent is surpassed only by his graciousness."

"King Kong" will be released December 14, 2005.


wow, this is a shocker to ME even. they were HUGE friends and were uber excited to collaborate on king kong together.

hmm, oh well, its PJ's movie afterall.


lorien elf
15-10-05, 06:25
Heh, thanks for the info Angent Smith. that's very odd, I guess that statement was prepared, like no way to indicate much of anything, I mean, to make it look like there are no hard feelings on either side, which I hope tis true, that'd suck if they parted ways in anger but what PJ said is kind of interesting: "we decided amicably to let another composer score the film." heh, usually when such things happen, tisn't an amicable affair. oh well. best of luck to both. now am interested in what the new composer will be like, I mean, Howard Shore was great in LOTR. oh yeah, but that's an odd decision, considering much of Shore's work was so far near to completion....they'd have to start over. :confused: worth that much trouble? and yet it was amicable? meh. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/redface.gif

15-10-05, 13:42
Sorry was drawn to this thread because I'm currently listerning to my LOTR soundtrack/ Song : Howards Shore: Concerning hobbits

lol.. thats one of my favourite songs http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

Thats a shame that they ditched him!