Danny Elfman No Longer Scoring ‘Green Hornet’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 10th, 2013 at 3:56 am,

Frequent Tim Burton collaborator Danny Elfman will no longer be responsible for scoring next year’s Seth Rogen superhero vehicle, the big screen adaptation of The Green Hornet.

A scheduling conflict is reportedly the reason for Elfman’s departure from director Michel Gondry’s Green Hornet, which is being converted to 3D and will hit regular and IMAX theaters next January – a month usually considered the dumping ground for less-than-stellar Hollywood pics.

Elfman is set to score new films from the likes of director Gus Van Sant (Milk) and Paul Haggis (Crash) – not to mention whatever Tim Burton releases next – so he’ll keep plenty busy in the future.

The Oingo Boingo co-founder is no stranger to the comic book/superhero movie genre, having created what for many remains the iconic Batman orchestral theme.  He also produced the music for the first two entries in the Men in Black and Spider-Man franchises, as well as Ang Lee’s 2003 Hulk.

Composer James Newton Howard is currently pegged as a potential replacement for Elfman on the Green Hornet.  Howard collaborated with Hans Zimmer on the scores of Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and The Dark Knight and is already set to score next year’s Green Lantern as well.

This new twist in the development of the Green Hornet could go either way.  Elfman’s brand of zany musical accompaniment might have been a perfect fit for the less-than-serious superhero adventure, though his most recent work in Alice in Wonderland was kind of unmemorable.

Newton Howard is a multiple Oscar-nominated composer himself, whose musical score has arguably been the best part of director M. Night Shyamalan’s output over the past few years.  He is an overall solid choice, though he does not seem as natural a fit for the Green Hornet‘s sillier tone as Elfman does.

The Green Hornet will arrive in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters in the U.S. on January 14th, 2011.

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  1. WOW! Fantastic news! However what I had learned this was another ploy by Sony regarding what Rogen himself had told the execs. Explaining how “awesome” this project was gonna be and we will bring that “Oingo Elfman Dude” to do the score….and Elfman was never contacted and as a Hornet fan himself, this was just a bad idea all around.
    I would concure.
    However I usually purchase CDs with my favorite music scores, and Alice was very good, I love Mr. Elfman’s work.

  2. Agreed. This movie does not deserve the grace of Mr. Elfman.

  3. what I wanna know is ….. has anyone ( other than Rogen ) gotten on board AND stayed onboard ??
    The revolving door of staff change-ups continues .

    I’ve always thought the Green Hornet was an enormously lame character .The closest the Green Hornet ever came to being cool was when Bruce Lee was standing beside him .

    However , I love comic book movies ( with a strong preference for supers ) so I’m willing to give almost any comic book property a shot.
    I want this movie to succeed but I fear that we are witnessing the development of a moving train wreck .

  4. As much as I have been rooting for Seth Rogen and co. to prove the naysayers wrong, I cannot resist humming the old Queen song, “Another One Bites The Dust”…

  5. Oh Come On !
    Danny Elfman is regularly quite busy,its not “The Curse of The Green Hornet”.

  6. This looks like the producers fault for not getting contractual commitment from Elfman. If they wanted him so bad they should have done that. My impression is similar to Sandy’s implied in her article, that this was just a sales job by Rogen to get Sony to buy into it. It wasn’t seriously pursued probably because of money, like just about everything else in business. However, if that’s not the case then, what should that tell us about the movie? I’m guessing fans should prepare for a slight let down if Elfman just wouldn’t tackle it. I’m thinking a five star movie at this point is impossible, still hoping for a three star movie though…

  7. Bend over and hang on, Hornet fans, here it comes and it’s gonna hurt…

  8. All of Elfman’s scores are sweet! I was at comic-con and I guess that he is releasing a box set of all of his Burton scores! http://www.burtonelfman.com/

  9. They could only keep the script from him for so long,,, ;-)

    • LOL, that’s pretty funny 790™. Painfully probable too…

  10. even if the very best movie score was used in the green hornet movie it would be putting perfume on a pig.