Composer Paul Haslinger Replacing Danny Elfman on Wolfman
by Ethan Anderton
November 9, 2009
Today Cinemusic, which follows everything regarding film soundtracks and scores, nabbed a disappointing scoop that composer Danny Elfman (Batman, Spider-Man, Milk) will no longer be composing the score for Joe Johnston's The Wolfman, and he will be replaced by Paul Haslinger (Death Race, Prom Night, Crank). While Cinemusic cites scheduling conflicts and even a rumor of problems with the film, our own inside source told us that not only has Elfman composed a finished score already, but that he's done at least a few different versions and that the studio doesn't like his score and wants to use another one instead.
Word on the street is Elfman composed "a traditional, grandly gothic effort a la Kilar’s Bram Stoker's Dracula," but apparently it wasn't good enough. So as not to create an insecurity as to the quality of the film, however, there seems to be a certain amount of damage control in this "scheduling conflict" story because it sounds like with Haslinger's recruitment, almost none of the work Elfman has done will end up on screen. This is especially upsetting since Joe Johnston holds Elfman in such high esteem:
“If Danny Elfman does do [Wolfman], I’m going to basically just let him run loose. I’m going to run the movie for him without music and without the temp track and say, 'Do what you have never done before and see what comes out of it.' I think he’s fantastic."
This is simply a sad turn of events for a film that has been plagued by numerous release delays and other production problems. I really hope that at some point we'll hear Elfman's score even if it's just in the form of an internet leak, but who knows if that'll ever happen. If we hear anything further regarding this change-up we'll be sure to let you know, but for now, it's Haslinger's score we'll be hearing in February. Thoughts?