Arcade Fire Scoring All of Richard Kelly's The Box
One movie we haven't heard much about recently is Richard Kelly's The Box, with James Marsden and Cameron Diaz. As a reminder, it's Kelly's take on the classic Richard Matheson short story (and "Twilight Zone" episode) about a button that when pressed makes that person wealthy but also kills someone else at the same time. Kelly finished shooting way back in February but we haven't heard or seen much since. It was rumored that the Canadian band Arcade Fire would be providing music for the movie. Pitchfork recently interviewed lead singer Win Butler who confirmed that his band did score the music for the movie.
Butler told Pitchfork: "Yes, me, Régine, and Owen [Pallett] from Final Fantasy [did the music]. It's kind of Hitchcocky, movie, orchestral, Mellotron stuff. It's instrumental music. No songs. It's interesting. We didn't really think we were going to do the whole thing, and then it just kind of was easier once we got in. It was like, 'Oh well, we'll just keep going.' It has so much to do with the editing, and your job is just to help the director. It's a very different experience." Those of you who don't actively listen to Arcade Fire may at least be familiar with one their most popular songs called "Rebellion (Lies)".
Fans of Richard Kelly know that he likes to use an eclectic selection of music in his films (Donnie Darko and Southland Tales). Arcade Fire seems like the perfect choice for The Box, especially after hearing Win Butler talk about the tone. "I could really imagine what he wanted for the music. It's based on a 'Twilight Zone' episode set in the 70s… It's got this kind of sci-fi, kind of Alfred Hitchcock feel. Those Hitchcock scores are some of my favorite movie music. We have a Mellotron, and since it's the 70s, it really seemed to fit. It was just really easy to imagine the type of music that would help the movie. It was a very ego-less project."
Warner Brothers recently set a November 6th, 2009 release date for The Box, which means we've got another year to go, even though its already finished shooting. Stay tuned for more on The Box soon.