James Newton Howard Will Score The Hunger Games

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Though it was reported earlier this year that Danny Elfman would be teaming with T Bone Burnett for the upcoming The Hunger Games, Variety now claims that Elfman has departed the novel adaptation due to conflicts in his busy schedule. Instead, James Newton Howard will be stepping in, still planning to work with Burnett.

Howard’s past scores include The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and The Fugitive.

Based on the book series by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Toby Jones, Donald Sutherland and many more. It is scheduled for release on March 23, 2012.