August 13, 2004
Constantine Composer

Music From the Movies reports that a composer is on board Warner Bros.' Constantine...-via SHH

Brian Tyler has been hired to score Constantine, the action adventure based on the DC/Vertigo comic book 'Hellblazer'. The film stars Keanu Reeves as a supernatural detective and Rachel Weisz as a policewoman in a story filled with demons, angels, heroes and villains. Directed by debutant Francis Lawrence, the film is slated for premiere on 11 February 2005.

constantine | from inside the mind of krix at August 13, 2004 09:16 PM .

YAY!!!!!!!!!for Feb11... constantine the valentine!!!

Posted by: wanda on August 14, 2004 12:10 AM

hmmmm...I guess everyone has to start somewhere. I still wonder about Lisa Gerrard, which would have been so cool. Meanwhile, we wait.

Posted by: Nudel on August 14, 2004 03:56 AM

Well, you know...I can't wait for this movie to come out. A little while ago the opening seemed so far away. It's really not that far off now. I mean with all the birthday's, holidays, and Christmas between now and's really just right around the corner.

...once it opens, the critics won't have a leg to stand on. I'm looking forward to it.

Posted by: shelz on August 14, 2004 08:01 AM

I don't know anything about Brian Tyler, but one of the movies he did the music for, Bubba Ho-Tep, is wonderful and odd and bizarre and the music compliments it nicely -- so because of that I expect good things or at least ok things.

Posted by: jude on August 14, 2004 08:42 AM

One of the most educational things in The Matrix Revisited was when they showed a scene both with and without the score playing. A good film should stand on its own and not need the emotional manipulation of music. So in general, I think the score (unless it's unbearably bad or distracting - ie, the music to the Burly Brawl) can be merely adequte and if the movie itself is good it won't have much effect on the whole experience. Interestingly, I've read that they actually shot scenes for Constantine TO MUSIC using Lisa Gerrard's work. I don't know what kind of technique that is, maybe it has something to do with Lawrence's background in music video.

I mentioned this over in the hellforum: Tyler scored Timeline, directed by Richard Donner (married to Lauren, Constantine's producer), so I figure they were getting down to the wire and ended up going with someone they knew. At least he has a history with dark-mooded films.

Lisa got dicked, though. I can totally envision them playing her music and saying "give us something just like that". Not that it happened like that, but you know....Hollywood sucks, and it seems to be a tight little circle-jerk as well.

Posted by: krix on August 14, 2004 10:12 AM

My thoughts exactly, Krix!
Just speculating here, but maybe LG got ditched because she was too good*,
BT got on board because of being known to the powers that be...

* Leonard Bernstein, who wrote the score to 'On the Waterfront'
later said he'd never have agreed to working on a movie
had he known in advance what the movie people'd do to his score once he had delivered -
hence the birth of the 'On the Waterfront'-Suite for Orchestra...

Posted by: Niobe on August 14, 2004 10:51 AM

Krix, I suppose they used Lisa Gerrard's music to prep the crew (mostly the actors, of course) for the mood of a particular scene. I once talked to a fashion photographer at a party, who told me that he plays really loud hardrock when he wants his models to look angry and intense. And they can do that, they can always dub the voices in later. Really funny, if you think about it.

But I'm sure it works. Playing the right music IS a really good way to get people in the mood... ;-)

Posted by: Maddi on August 14, 2004 01:10 PM

I don't know her music well (just from Gladiator), but I don't get it - if they used her music as inspiration what better music would there be for the score? It does sound suspiciously like LG's sudden departure was probably the politics/"nepotism" of the whole deal, and if that's the case, she got screwed big time.

Posted by: Chianti on August 14, 2004 02:27 PM

well, yes, but it always takes forethought to pick the right music... you want to try, at least, to get that right...and i agree that the pictures should stand on their own...

Posted by: wanda on August 14, 2004 03:13 PM
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