David Arnold Talks Dawn Treader
David Arnold, composer for The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, recently talked with the Main Titles website and spent some time discussing the next film in the Narnia series.
I wasn’t really offered this sort of films anymore and I am not sure why that was. I am not sure why I got offered the ones I did get offered; the third Narnia film, which was supposed to be immediately after the next Bond, would be a chance to go back to more traditional fantasy style scores that I haven’t done for quite a long time.
The one thing I love about those things is that there are no rules. Nothing is actually real, you don’t actually have to worry about having a responsibility to truthfulness in a real sense; it’s just about how to make the film’s feeling and heighten the film’s effectiveness. You’re not telling a true story. It’s not like Amazing Grace which was a film about something that really happened, a film that has actually affected real people… A giant talking lion (in Narnia) is not the same sense of responsibility.
Later on he also says:
Yeah, it is interesting with Narnia too, which I was reading when I was younger. It was virtually Harry’s [Harry Gregson-Williams] show, really and I’m yet to speak to him about it because I said to the studio it’s Harry’s case and that he should be the first to be called. I respect Harry and I did make my feelings know it should still be Harry’s case. Michael [Apted, director of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader] knew that was so, but he wanted me to do it. And then you’ve got a difficult situation where you can’t really say no to a director with whom you’ve worked three times and you’ll hopefully work again in the future and you’ve got a good working relationship with.
Thanks to Dooby for the link!