Clint Mansell Won’t Score ‘Source Code’

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BadassDigest reports that “scheduling problems” have prevented Clint Mansell from continuing on the project to score Source Code the latest film from director Duncan Jones and will be replaced by Chris Bacon.

His most recent work was actually for the film score for Moon, the feature debut of director Duncan Jones. After the release of Moon, Jones wrote about Clint Mansell that, ”It goes beyond his ability to write truly epic and memorable phrases, it’s the fact that in the case of Moon, he truly invested himself emotionally in understanding what we were trying to do. In my experience, that’s not standard operating procedure. That’s not the approach of a Hollywood “jobsman”. He cared. He wanted to understand. He approached the film as what he is; an artist. And in Clint’s case… a very special, very talented one at that”.

With that said it comes as a big surprise that he won’t be scoring the second film for Duncan Jones and leaves us wondering if it really has anything to do with his schedule. To be honest the trailer for Source Code doesn’t look good. Perhaps Mansell just wasn’t really interested in what looks to be a very mainstream mediocre sci-fi film.

Clint Mansell has long been one of our favorite composers here at Sound On Sight and anyone who listens to our podcasts knows just how often we showcase his work. Mansell broke into the world of film scoring when his friend, director, Darren Aronofsky, gave him the opportunity to score his debut film, π. Despite some acclaim, Mansell’s score went widely unnoticed but Mansell’s follow up score for Requiem for a Dream became a cult hit, as it was appreciated by scores of composers. Ever since the score has been used in countless trailers and commercials over the years including The Lord of The Rings trailer.


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Here is the official plot synopsis for Source Code:

When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. In an assignment unlike any he’s ever known, he learns he’s part of a government experiment called the “Source Code,” a program that enables him to cross over into another man’s identity in the last 8 minutes of his life. With a second, much larger target threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Colter re-lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack.

Filled with mind-boggling twists and heart-pounding suspense, Source Code is a smart action-thriller directed by Duncan Jones (Moon) also starring Michelle Monaghan (Eagle Eye, Due Date), Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Departed), and Jeffrey Wright (Quantum of Solace, Syriana).

Source Code will be released by Summit on April 15, 2011.

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