David Arnold Talks Dawn Treader

Posted March 16, 2008 9:07 am by Tirian

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.

Click here to read the whole interview at MainTitles.net.

Thanks to Dooby for the link!