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Confirmed: Alexandre Desplat to Score "Deathly Hallows: Part 1" Film

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Posted by: Edward
January 19, 2010, 12:10 PM

Update: This morning, we received word from a number of readers regarding a rumor composer Alexandre Desplat was set to score the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" film.  We can now report this rumor is indeed true, thanks to our friends at MuggleNet who were able to validate that this piece of news was confirmed by Mr. Desplat's agent.

FilmScoreMonthy is reporting that composer Alexandre Desplat has been tapped to score the upcoming "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" film.  Describing the 48 year old composer an "overnight sensation that took decades to occur," the feature on the 2009 Top Forty Composer Countdown list includes the first part of the final Potter film as one of this upcoming projects.  The profile notes:
He has become the director-of-choice for many of the world's most acclaimed directors, including Fincher, Stephen Frears, Terence Malick and Roman Polanski, and has signed for one his most challenging and highest-profile assignments yet, the penultimate entry in the Harry Potter saga.
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As noted on Mr. Desplat's official website, his previous work includes "Julie and Julia," "New Moon," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," and "The Golden Compass."

While this is indeed exciting news, we have yet to receive official word on a role for Mr. Desplat in the "Deathly Hallows: Part 1" film and will update you as soon as we do.  Stay close to Leaky for the latest on this "Deathly Hallows" news and more.

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240 Points

Phoenix1946, I understand your argument but in HP case JKR works with WB and has a say on script approval. She backs these movies and approves of them. JKR has said this many times in interviews. I know many authors’ signs away their rights to there work and the movies studio totally rearranged the story but JKR did not do this and approved the changes and additions that have been made from the HP book to the movies.
The argument though has nothing to do with the composer change. My point was that people jump to conclusion about these changes but we don’t know all the facts. We don’t know if Williams was booked for something else or if he was even asked to do it. Maybe WB asked and Williams or one of the other composers turned it down. Maybe Williams felt he made his contribution to HP and wants to move on. We just don’t know but so many are freaking out.

Posted by mlc on January 19, 2010, 08:29 PM report to moderator
181 Points

Hm, not a bad choice, and I’d like to see where he goes with this. I hoped John Williams would come back, but now that he’s chosen I want him to remain for part 2 to keep everything consistent since this is technically one (long) story.

Posted by Scarlette on January 19, 2010, 09:16 PM report to moderator
76 Points

Hooper was awful in Half-Blood Prince. Lackluster quality, single-layered, no depth, nothing compared to Prisoner or Goblet. A note-for-note reproduction of Hedwig’s theme, repetition of the same exact themes throughout and some just copied and pasted tracks from the previous soundtrack. Lifeless and awful. Although it may have worked decently with the film, it was still unoriginal and repetitive of the previous film and as a soundtrack alone… garbage. At least compared to Williams. Horrifying news that Alexandre Desplat is getting a go at this film. Williams needs to be brought back now. NOW!!!

Posted by iampadfoot on January 19, 2010, 10:14 PM report to moderator
12348 Points

No, no, no, no I literally cannot stop moaning no, no, no, no, no. Siriusly. I think John Williams Rocks though! Too bad he’s so busy :( Enough Twilight and HP crossing paths! There was already Robert Pattinson.

I’m surprised that they keep on changing the composers. No offense, but can’t you stick to one?

Btw, my sister (Luna) first reported this to MuggleNet as a rumor!! They put her name!! YAY! But I am still so sad :(

Posted by LoveTomRiddle [ROAR] on January 19, 2010, 10:18 PM report to moderator
2702 Points

I miss John Williams. :/

Posted by Mairéad on January 19, 2010, 11:57 PM report to moderator
20981 Points

I for one am not happy about this. And why are all of you down on John Willaims!? He’s created some of the best music in movie history, it would only have been right for him to do DH, then it would have been perfect.

Posted by LunaLuver on January 20, 2010, 12:22 AM report to moderator
150 Points

People doubting Desplat need to go to youtube and search for “Griet’s Theme” from Girl with a Pearl Earring.

We need to give composers a chance. They can’t keep doing the same films over and over again. Look at what Howard Shore did before LoTR and then what he was able to produce for those films!

Posted by starlesswinter on January 20, 2010, 01:18 AM report to moderator
1575 Points

Kind of unexpected. What was wrong with Nicholas Hopper?

Posted by Spinner's End ^HISS^ (ITC) on January 20, 2010, 04:02 AM report to moderator
1830 Points

Nooo! :( He did not do well with New Moon, though hopefully this time he’ll agree to listen to the music of the previous film, if it is him. I’d prefer John Williams to come back :( John Williams can do music appropriate for action.

Posted by nellythemarrow on January 20, 2010, 04:30 AM report to moderator

Nooo!! This better just be a rumour. Surely Doyle could at least come back for this one if John Williams isn’t able to?

Posted by Smonocco on January 20, 2010, 04:35 AM report to moderator

Relived this is just a rumor. Still holding out hope for John Williams to come back full-circle.

Posted by LauraBC on January 20, 2010, 04:39 AM report to moderator
1067 Points

and what of John Williams? Is it weird that this guy is only rumored for Part 1? I know they are separate films, but for continuity I would think they’d want the same guy covering both projects. He can make variations on his themes to suit the movie. Hmmm….Not sure how I feel yet…

Posted by eiVega on January 20, 2010, 04:54 AM report to moderator
139 Points

not very exciting news…i would have screamed with delight if it was Williams! But…the golden compass from Desplat wasn’t half bad….

Posted by PensievePlotter on January 20, 2010, 05:21 AM report to moderator
29 Points

wow, the score for New Moon was so good. Hopefully if he does Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, it will be even better.

Posted by danipotter on January 20, 2010, 05:27 AM report to moderator
181 Points

For all of those jumping up and down complaining about the lack of John Williams, you might want to turn your ire (if you have to) in the direction of one Steven Speilberg. Williams always works with Speilberg before he works with anyone else and the fact that he is most likely scoring “Tin Tin” for Speilberg is probably why he isn’t scoring DH1. The reason Williams turned down GOF was because he was doing “Munich” and “War of the Worlds” for Speilberg.

Posted by mouse68 on January 20, 2010, 05:29 AM report to moderator
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