romeo-julietAbel Korzeniowski has recently composed a new score for the new film adaptation of Romeo & Juliet. The composer recorded his music on the Eastwood Scoring Stage in Los Angeles, CA at the end of last month with a full orchestra and choir. James Horner previously recorded a score for the film at the end of last year at Abbey Road Studios in London. Romeo & Juliet based on Shakepeare’s play is directed by Carlo Carlei and adapted for the screen by Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park). The film stars Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld in the title roles. The movie’s cast also includes Damian Lewis, Natascha McElhone, Lesley Manville, Ed Westwick, Paul Giamatti, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Stellan Skarsgard. The movie will be released in the UK on July 26. Realtivity Media has picked up domestic rights for the movie for a release on October 11, 2013. A soundtrack album has already be announced to be released overseas on August 26 by Sony Classical. To learn more about the drama, visit the official Facebook movie website.

  1. Matt C. says:

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa????? Well, I could really care less about seeing the film, but I surely hope that release both scores as at least digital downloads. I would love to hear what James Horner did with this film! So sad that it may not get an official release. 🙁

    • Amin Matalqa says:

      Very happy to hear this news. Maybe it will serve as a wake up call for James Horner to stop repeating the same score and re-evaluate his complacency.

      • David says:

        Repeat? Bitch, please.

      • Clark G. says:

        Not sure if Horner is entirely to blame that his scores sound similar at times. I would assume he is often hired because filmmakers specifically want his sound and he is asked to follow the temp of his own music, I guess that’s what happened on For Greater Glory and presumably on this film. When he is challenged by a director to write something original as was the case on a lot of more recent scores such as The Amazing Spider-Man, I think he is still as good as he was 15 or 20 years ago in my opinion.

  2. tiago says:

    This is terrible news! This is the soundtrack that I most expected for the second half of the year. That would probably be the best James Horner soundtrack in years, he is specialized in drama movies like that one. Well, I’m very sad and I hope that the Horner score get an album release.

    • Justin Boggan says:

      According to things said online by people who saw screenings of the film with Horner’s score, it was more in line with his ’90’s output, had borrwings from at least “Sneakers”, “Apollo 13”, and “The Pelican Brief”.

      And Sissel (who did vocals in “Titanic”) was back.

      The score probably was indeed quite good. Hopefully this time a cancelled CD of a score that’s been tossed, will get a release. If not Sony Classical, whom were originally do it, then some other label.

  3. ed says:

    Horner is not having an easy run of late: First ‘Ender’s Game,’ now this. Oh well, i’m sure Horner can now sympathise with Gabriel Yared on being shafted with a last minute replacement.

    • Edmund Meinerts says:

      If he’s not too busy calling Yared’s rejected Troy score the most horrible thing ever, that is. :p

  4. Matt C. says:

    Gabriel Yared’s score for Troy was a work of genius. A true masterpiece.
    Horner’s score for Troy was entertaining enough, but even considering myself an enormous James Horner fan, I have to say it grated the nerves a bit.

    • Justin Boggan says:

      Somebody restored some of Yared’s score to the film, on Youtube. I did some comparrisons to what scenes I coudl find of Horner’s score. Horner’s was servicable and did nothing to help the picture. Yared’s, of course, was a masterpiece, and drove the picture along with much needed energy.

      Horner was jsut flat wrong in that infamous interview. His ego has gotten a little too big.

      Interestingly enough, Yared would have been a great choice for “Romeo and Juliet”!