Film Music Reporter has learned that Carter Burwell will return to the Twilight franchise to score the two final films in the series. The final two movies are directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls), who worked with Burwell on Gods and Monsters and Kinsey. Burwell previously scored the first part in the series directed by Catherine Hardwicke, with Alexandre Desplat taking over for New Moon, followed by Howard Shore for last year’s Eclipse. There have been many rumors going around on who the composer for the final movies will be (including such names as Harry Gregson-Williams and John Powell), but ultimately Carter Burwell was chosen to return to the series. In The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, the Quileute and the Volturi close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses different threats to the wolf pack and vampire coven. Breaking Dawn reunites cast members Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen, Anna Kendrick and Ashley Greene. The final book will be divided in two movies, with the first part coming out on November 18, 2011 and the second part on November 16, 2012. 

As previously reported, Burwell also has the HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce starring Kate Winslet and directed by Todd Haynes coming out later this year. The composer is currently finishing up work on the final episodes of the series. The mini-series will air this march on HBO. To watch a video preview, visit the official series webpage.

  1. Teddy B says:

    Awesome news!

  2. seriously says:

    They can’t be serious bringing Carter Burwell back for the final 2 installments of the franchise. His original take was lackluster and made me think of hair metal with the squealing electric guitars. It may be his style but it doesn’t make it sound any better.

    UNDERWHELMED by this news.

  3. Drew says:

    Looking back in 2017, this actually turned out quite well. There is some wonderful music in his two scores and he mixed the orchestra and “other stuff” in more pleasing ways than the first one.