The highly anticipated film “The Hunger Games,” based on the first title of Suzanne Collins’s bestselling book trilogy, has locked in two giants from the music world to handle score and song production.
Veteran producer and 12-time Grammy winner T Bone Burnett (“Crazy Heart,” Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’s “Raising Sand”) will team up with award-winning composer Danny Elfman (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Spider-Man”) for an unprecedented collaboration. Burnett will also serve as the film’s Executive Music Producer, producing songs for the film and soundtrack.
“The ‘Hunger Games’ is such a special property,” said Lionsgate’s Head of Film Music Tracy McKnight in a statement. “It has worldwide mass appeal, but it’s also sophisticated, cerebral, soulful and rebellious. We needed a composer who can translate these qualities musically, and we have not one but two incredible artists in an absolutely thrilling first time ever collaboration.”
Directed by Gary Ross (“Ocean’s 12,” “Seabiscuit”), “Hunger Games” stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson. Lionsgate’s Alli Shearmur is overseeing production for the film, which has a tentative release date of March 23, 2012.