Danny Elfman is Scoring McG's Terminator Salvation
Answer me this: Why do we only report that Danny Elfman will score a film and not any other composer? Does it had to do with the fact that Danny Elfman makes such wonderful scores? Or does it have to do with the fact that he always scores Tim Burton's movies, too? Who knows what the answer to that question really is, because here we are, reporting that Danny Elfman will be scoring Terminator Salvation. Ironically, it was Brad Fiedel, and not Elfman, who scored the original two Terminator movies and gave us that unforgettable Terminator theme. But Fiedel hasn't done any work since 1999, so Elfman it is!
This news was confirmed by MTV earlier today, who talked with Elfman last night. Will he incorporate Fiedel's theme into some of his work, just like John Ottman did with John Williams' original Superman theme for Superman Returns? "I think if it comes up and it seems appropriate, we will [use it]. And if it doesn't, we [won't]. I never really know what to expect when I begin other than just kind of get into it and have fun. Especially a movie like T4 – just have fun. So that's what I intend to do." Correct me if I'm wrong, but I never thought of composing music as "fun"? Either way, I wish Elfman all the best on this.
I guess the reason why I'm so negative towards this news is that in thinking back over some of my favorite scores from last year, only one of them happens to be from Danny Elfman. He scored four movies in 2008, and Milk was the only one that I mentioned in my Best Movie Scores of 2008 article a few weeks ago. It's not to say that he's not a fantastic composer (I love his Spider-Man scores as well), I just wish I could see this kind of news for other very talented composers like Carter Burwell or Michael Giacchino or Tyler Bates as well. That said, I'm still excited to hear what he comes up with for Terminator Salvation.