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The Guardian DECEMBER 18, 2008 - by Sean Michaels
BRIAN ENO TO SCORE NEXT PETER JACKSON FILM
Sadly, our hopes of elves, hobbits and orcs fighting it out against an ambient soundtrack are dashed. It's for The Lovely Bones, starring Rachel Weisz and Mark Wahlberg.
While we would love to imagine an Eno soundtrack for The Hobbit, Halo, Tintin, or any of the other blockbusters Jackson has been tied to, the movie in question is The Lovely Bones, an adaptation of Alice Sebold's novel. The film lacks elves, aliens or, er, Tintin, but the modest drama will star Rachel Weisz and Mark Wahlberg.
Eno will receive an "Original music by..." credit in the film, making it one of his rare outings as a bona fide film soundtrack composer. Though the sixty-year-old's music has appeared in many films - including Trainspotting and this year's Boarding Gate - he has rarely composed scores. The last was for 2005's The Jacket, starring Adrien Brody.
Eno's soulful, ghostly collaborations with David Byrne will be a likely touchstone for the film, which concerns the story of a murder victim, who watches friends and family from a heavenly vantage point.
The film will be released in December 2009, giving Eno a bit of time between recording sessions with U2 and Coldplay.