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Danny Elfman Busy Scoring Gus van Sant's Milk


Composer Danny Elfman who hasn't worked with Gus van Sant since his Oscar-nominated score for Good Will Hunting in 1997, is at work composing the score for Milk.

Says Elfman to if magazine: "I'm already deep into the world of Harvey Milk. It's a drama, and a great way to follow Wanted and Hellboy II, because Milk has very little sound effects, no fighting, and I like working with Gus. I've been writing for two weeks, and he’ll hear my music soon. I don't know what to expect from the score in the end, but I do know the performances from Sean Penn and the cast are great. I'm really enjoying myself so far. Hopefully it'll stay on track.

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  1. I like Danny Elfman, but he seems like the most unlikely choice for a drama-biopic.

    His style, in my opinion, seems more appropriate for action pics (Spiderman, Wanted) and the fantasy-quirky (most Tim Burton films). But then again, he did compose the scores for Good Will Hunting and - wait for it - Charlotte's Web.

    I would have expected someone like Craig Armstrong, Gustavo Santaolalla, or Rachel Portman. Or even James Newton Howard.

    Posted by: Jonas | Jul 22, 2008 6:24:58 PM

  2. Nice headline.

    The last time I was busy scoring a guy's milk was... well, sadly, it's been far too long.

    Posted by: Rich | Jul 22, 2008 11:17:20 PM

  3. I'm sure Danny Elfman's musical voice will once again suit the visual quirk and quiet drama of van Sant. In addition to Goodwill Hunting, they worked together on the slightly campy To Die For. Elfman also composed the subtler dramatic scores for Standard Operating Procedure, Sommersby, Dolores Claiborne, A Civil Action, and, of course, the not-so-subtle Edward Scissorhands. I think this is his first gay-themed film, unless you count Batman Returns.

    Posted by: charles | Jul 23, 2008 6:41:57 PM

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