Howard Shore Returning to Score 'The Hobbit' for Peter Jackson

November 18, 2010
Source: The Province

Peter Jackson and Howard Shore

After spending four years on the score to Peter Jackson's masterful adaptation of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, composer Howard Shore is pretty much in tune (no pun intended) with the director's musical desires and how to bring Middle Earth to life through his compositions. Today brings good news for fans of his award winning talents as The Province reports (via ComingSoon) that Shore has revealed that he will indeed return to compose the score for the long-gestating adaptation of The Hobbit. The composer was confirmed to be onboard when Guillermo del Toro was still directing, that was two years ago, and a lot has changed since then. Read on!

It's good news to hear that there will be yet another element to unify the stories of The Lord of the Rings with The Hobbit through the talents responsible for bringing the books to the big screen. Shore told The Province, "We've talked about making these movies for many years, at least since 2002. It looks like finally it's going to be happening. I'll be working on it for the next three years. It's going to consume a lot of my time and work now." Hopefully those three years of hard work will result in yet another masterful score for this long awaited motion picture event. Glad to have Howard Shore heading back to Middle Earth?

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All coming together in a magical LOTR's kind of way! I have no doubt that The Hobbit movies will not only meet the high expectations it's getting, but will like be the best of the entire LOTR's saga. Only thing we can hope for now is that Jackson also has his sights set on The Similarion.

Hattori Hanzo on Nov 18, 2010


Glad? I'm thrilled!

Robbie on Nov 18, 2010


This is definitely good news. As a soundtrack enthusiast, I love the LOTR albums. But this is also good to hear for the fact that Shore had composed a good chunk of the music for King Kong before he was kicked off the project and replaced by James Newton Howard. It seemed more like a move by the studio and not Jackson and this news for The Hobbit pretty much confirms it. Too bad really because I think Shore would've had fantastic music for KK.

jjboldt on Nov 18, 2010


@jjboldt - Yes, I agree with you 100% about the missed opportunity regarding Shore and King Kong. Was it ever revealed what the problem was with Shore's music? The score that replaced it wasn't particularly memorable, so I can't imagine that Howard Shore's music was worse. Still, at least it's all been resolved and they're back working together again. I hope Jackson will try to keep this filmmaker-composer relationship going for a bit longer this time.

Mathieu on Nov 18, 2010


this is soooooooooooo awesome

8=D on Nov 18, 2010


Too good to be true! Shore's music for LOTR is the best film score ever, and I couldn't be more excited!!

DinoChow on Nov 18, 2010


Ethan, You should have mentioned that Howard Shore Oscars for both The Fellowship and Return of the King. 🙂

ModernAmericanMan on Nov 18, 2010


Excellent! I love the soundtracks to all three LotR movies, they're right up there with the works of John Williams from Star Trek and Indiana Jones. This makes me evenmore excited for the Hobbit. I can't wait!

Jeep-Fu on Nov 18, 2010


Shore is the only man alive that should be allowed to write music for anything involving Middle Earth. Glad to see that law is being respected.

Jake on Nov 19, 2010


Awesome!! Gif hobbit nowz!

filmfan111 on Nov 19, 2010


it's good to hear they patched up their differences after king kong.

xtheory on Nov 19, 2010


Great selection here. But as for the first poster's comment on the Silmarillion, have you ever read it? It's not a fluent story, nor is there a congruous storyline throughout. It is simply a compilation of stories, written by both JRR Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien, used for historical purposes and explanations of lesser characters within Middle Earth. There is no possible way that the Silmarillion can be made into a movie.

Corey on Nov 23, 2010

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