‘Twilight’ Composer Carter Burwell Returning For ‘Breaking Dawn’

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Carter Burwell to score Breaking Dawn Twilight Composer Carter Burwell Returning For Breaking Dawn

If Carter Burwell’s old-fashioned piano tunes and score for True Grit was lovely music to your ears, then you ought to check out the rest of the esteemed composer’s work – which will soon include both parts of the conclusion to the hit supernatural romance series, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.

Burwell was responsible for scoring director Catherine Hardwicke’s original Twilight adaptation and will reunite with his Kinsey/Gods and Monsters collaborator, director Bill Condon, for the final chapters in the story of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and her sharp-toothed, pale-skinned and/or hairy boytoys companions.

Breaking Dawn began shooting last November with Condon at the helm and franchise regulars Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner all reprising their roles as Bella, Edward the vampire, and Jacob the shape-shifter, respectively. Dakota Fanning and Michael Sheen (who’s finished playing air guitar in TRON: Legacy) are also back as members of the Volturi, the deadly vampire council whose interests will once again conflict with that of Bella and Edward’s in the Twilight finale.

Alexandre Desplat (The King’s Speech) conducted the musical chords in New Moon and Howard Shore led the orchestra for Eclipse. Shore will be reuniting with Peter Jackson to score The Hobbit and The Playlist has revealed that Condon is instead collaborating with Burwell on his new project.

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Burwell will join an impressive team of technical artists working behind the scenes on Breaking Dawn, including the likes of Pan’s Labyrinth cinematographer Guillermo Navarro; Avatar visual F/X supervisor John Bruno; and 300/Watchmen costume designer Michael Wilkinson. That all of these individuals will be working together on a Twilight movie is undoubtedly disappointing for those that loathe Stephenie Meyer’s source material and their respective cinematic adaptations on principle. Still, it could mean that Breaking Dawn offers something more than just more fodder for the fans (… maybe).

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 arrives in theaters on November 18th, 2011. Part 2 will follow on November 16th, 2012.

Source: The Playlist

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  1. Bah! Wish they had brought back Desplat or had someone new. New Moon is the best one. Burwell’s score is my least favorite- it consists of one song, over and over again. May be why the tweenies like it, but us adults would prefer something a little more complex.

    • I cannot agree more with you. (Jane Eyre borrowed music from new moon as fill-ins while the score wasn’t ready at the preview)

  2. passss twilight sucks period

  3. Hopefully, “Breaking Wind” will be the last of it…

  4. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again;

    Twilight is the worst thing to happen to vampires since Van Helsing started hunting them full-time

    Not only that, but the books are deliberately vague drek. the main character Belle, is more or less a placeholder… making this whole series …less a supernatual story and more a masturbatory fantasy so the reader can pretend they’re the one running with ‘vampires’ and “werewolves” (By the ages-old tenets of either species, btw, neither actually appears in any of these books. sparkly vamps and newbie werewolves that are in full command of thier shapeshifting and lycanthrope form? No)

    That said, i wouldnt even bother to say anything if people would just get over it already. The books were crap, the movies werent much better, and yet its got so much media coverage and buzz going about it, you have to wonder who made a deal with what devil to make it happen.

    Its crap. if you like it, thats fine. there are things i like that many people think are crap, or even offensive.

    The difference is that i dont scream to the world that its the best thing ever, or do i become irate, or downright vicious when someone says its crap.

  5. As a twilight fan (NOT a twihard), I can honestly say that the worst thing to happen to Twilight was the movies. The books aren’t the greatest series in the world. They’re filled with plot holes, characters that aren’t very developed, and the lead protagonist is annoying. While you won’t find any life altering metaphors, the story itself is cute and very pleasant to read. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have completely demolished Edward and Bella. They regret taking these roles and it’s very evident in their performance (on and off screen).
    As for Carter Burwell.
    His work on the first Twilight was subpar, mainly because Hardwicke decided to turn it into an indie movie. However, I’m a fan of his other work, so I know he can do better. I really hope that he brings something bigger and better to the Twilight table for Breaking Dawn.

  6. Burwell is responsible for my favorite score of all time (In Bruges). I’m actually kind of disappointed to find out he worked on Twilight. Ah, well, doesn’t lessen my enjoyment of the In Bruges score any!

    • @ S.Matt

      I quite enjoyed the In Bruges score too. Wickedly dark, funny pic as well. :-)

  7. I really enjoyed Burwell’s “Twilight” score. I think it set the tone quite nicely for the movie. That being said, I hope he takes “Breaking Dawn” more towards an “In Bruges” sound though. That score was awesome!

  8. More ranting from the complainers and whiners who hate Twilight for no valid reason other than a desperate attempt to appear above it all but will run out and buy the Snooki book and claim it’s SO compelling. Mm-hm.