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