Ennio Morricone Scoring Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds?!
This could be the greatest bit of news since Quentin Tarantino first announced that he was actually making Inglourious Basterds! An Italian site called IGN (via the Tarantino Archives) is reporting that legendary composer Ennio Morricone, who was honored at the Oscars last year, has agreed to score Inglourious Basterds. The news has since disappeared from the Tarantino Archives because it wasn't 100% confirmed, which makes some sense because Tarantino and Morricone have had an interesting working relationship over the years. Every great war movie has a phenomenal score (Saving Private Ryan had John Williams) and Morricone seems like the perfect guy for Basterds. If only this were confirmed and true!
We'll all be anxiously holding our breath hoping that this news turns out to be true in the end. Anyone who saw Morricone accept the Honorary Award at the Oscars last year knows that he's a composer who deserves so much more recognition than he typically gets. In fact, anyone who has seen The Good, the Bad and the Ugly or Days of Heaven or Cinema Paradiso or The Mission or The Untouchables (or any of the hundreds of movies he has scored) knows how utterly amazing his music is. Would it fit in Inglourious Basterds? I definitely think so! From what I know of the film and Tarantino's style, Morricone is the perfect fit for it! He definitely hasn't retired yet, so let's hope that this wasn't just one big, exciting rumor.