Elfman in Talks to Score The Hunger Games

A site called Buzzine (via The Playlist) had a chance to attend a Q&A with musician and composer Danny Elfman about his career for a retrospective of his 25 years of collaborating with Tim Burton. When the extensive Q&A got around to Elfman’s upcoming projects, he said that he was in talks to score Gary Ross’ adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games and that he would reunite with Sam Raimi to score his upcoming Oz, the Great and Powerful.

After Spider-Man 2, it didn’t seem likely that Raimi and Elfman would work together again based on comments Elfman made in interviews shortly afterwards, but apparently, the long-time collaborators have worked out their issues since Elfman will be doing the score for Raimi’s second non-Spider-Man movie since finishing up on that franchise. It’s a little ironic being that Raimi is taking on the classic literary world of Oz in a similar way as Elfman’s other regular collaborator Burton did with Alice in Wonderland, which became a worldwide box office hit.

Elfman is also scoring Tim Burton’s upcoming films Frankenweenie and Dark Shadows as well as the currently-filming Men in Black 3, all of which are due out in 2012.

As Elfman told the audience:

I had planned on taking off the end of the year, writing for myself, and then taking more time next year. And as it turns out, I have five films booked, which is the most I’ve ever had in the future, which is weird. I’ve never been able to see more than two or three ahead, and I don’t like, actually, having my future all booked up. So it’s a very weird thing because it’s like, “Oh, I see. Fourteen months of my life is already totally spoken for,” and it’s scary, but it just happened. It’s a two-Tim Burton year, and a Sam Raimi, so there’s three. I’m not going to say no to Tim and Sam — that’s already three movies. And then Men in Black, well of course I don’t want somebody else to do number 3, so there was another one. And then another one called The Hunger Games popped up, which seemed like really interesting thing. Different — and different catches my attention in a way that’s like, “Oh, I can’t ever pass up a chance to do something different.” So that deal’s not even closed, it may not even happen, but we’re well along with that.

You can read the full Q&A with Elfman over on Buzzine.

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