Aronofsky Confirms Clint Mansell Will Be Scoring His New Film 'Noah'

December 11, 2012
Source: The Playlist

Darren Aronofsky / Clint Mansell

We expected this, but it has been confirmed once again plus it gives us yet another chance to mention these two talented individuals. The Playlist attended a masterclass with Darren Aronofsky at the Marrakech Film Festival and grabbed a few quotes from him talking about the relationship he has with Clint Mansell. Mansell has scored just about every film Aronofsky has made since Pi and Requiem for a Dream. That was only the starting point for Darren to confirm and chat a bit more about the work they're starting on Noah, his new $150-million studio epic starring Russell Crowe as Noah from the biblical Noah's Ark flood story.

Noah recently finished shooting and Aronofsky was attending Marrakech as a special guest, speaking at the masterclass as well (full highlights on The Playlist as this is just about Noah). He commented at one point on working with Clint Mansell being like "another bad marriage", and gave this update on their work:

"We’re about to start [on 'Noah'] and I'm actually getting texts right now and I know it's from [Mansell], complaining about something. But he's a genius too and he cares, he puts his heart and soul and his love into everything. And he's unique - different from everyone else out there working. He's able to boil down the thematic of a film into a melody, into two or three notes. He captures the whole essence of a film in two or three notes."

Great to hear, I'm looking forward to it already. I'm a huge fan of Mansell and have been lucky enough to even see his live show, where he played a lot of memorable tracks from his most memorable scores including The Fountain and Last Night and Moon. We haven't seen any footage yet, or much besides one or two photos from Aronofsky's Noah so far, but from what we know it's a grand realistic gritty take on the story of Noah's Ark and the flood and big ship and everything. Which means this will give Mansell a chance to really get into a potentially dark, moody score for a sweeping cinematic epic. Though we won't see this until 2014.

Our friends at SlashFilm also point out the "bad marriage" he refers to with Mansell is referencing this quote: "It's like a marriage – good at times, mostly bad. We did get a divorce, just before The Wrestler, and I got remarried… but then we got back together after that. He's a real artist and he really cares and that’s hard to find." Aronofsky goes on to explain that "on Noah he just had incredible technical abilities, and they type of things we pulled off… there are those skills, but he also has the tenderness and sensitivity to look at a performance and see how he can help it." This is why I love the collaboration Aronofsky has with Mansell, and others like cinematographer Matty Libatique, because the results are always especially wonderful.

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  • Greg dinskisk
    I know I speak for everybody when I say, "FUCK YEAH!" Clint Mansell is my favorite composer, I listen to "The Fountain"'s score when I'm working, and "Moon"'s before I sleep everyday.
    • OfficialJab
      Love the song that plays during that final sequence of Smokin Aces. Made the whole movie better.
      • Greg dinskisk
        SO TRUE!!! I enjoy that movie quite a bit, mostly because of the score (and that last scene).... His scores definitely enhance the film!
    • David Banner
      Yeah, The Fountain score is amazing, I've gifted it a few times to friends 😉
      • Greg dinskisk
        That's my favorite score of all time... I absolutely adore it.....
  • OfficialJab
    Still not looking forward to Russel Crowe. I hope I'll be pleasantly surprised. The rest of the cast is great, though.
  • Xerxexx
    Agreed on the "FUICK YEAH!"
  • Tey
    Hey! Alexander Desplat can capture the whole essence of a film in 2 or 3 notes too!
  • curious whether plot will correspond to biblical account, or diverge into the localized version of the flood. Really hoping it sticks to original, makes for a much more epic story
  • The Truth
    Perfect choice since it's going to be a fantasy epic!




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