Jay-Z is Producing the Score for Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby'
Before 2012 came to an end, a brand new glorious trailer for Baz Luhrmann's flashy adaptation of The Great Gatsby arrived with more modern music used to drive the classic story from F. Scott Fitzgerald. It's not surprising since Luhrmann used modern music for Moulin Rouge, but this new film isn't a musical. Back in October we learned musicians like Prince and Lady Gaga had expressed great interest in doing music for the film, but we've yet to hear any official names for the soundtrack roster. But when it comes to the score, musician Jeymes Samuel (singer and producer of the band The Bullitts) revealed on Twitter (via The Film Stage) that rapper and producer Jay-Z is producing the score and that sounds pretty cool.
Samuel said this through the Twitter account for The Bullitts, "Jay-Z and myself have been working tirelessly on the score for the upcoming #CLASSIC The Great Gatsby! It is too DOPE for words!” So there you have it. We're not sure just how involved the musicians are with the score as a whole, especially since Craig Armstrong is supposed to be the film's composer, but it should bring some contemporary flare to the film. Personally, I like the change of pace in period dramas by using contemporary music for the soundtrack instead of the usual sweeping romantic score. Obviously orchestral music in a film can be beautiful and shouldn't be shunned, but I like what Lurhmann is attempting to do with the music.