Just 2 months before the release of King Kong, Peter Jackson and composer Howard Shore and parted ways. Just recently news of another director/composer duo split when Sam Raimi and Danny Elfman went the separate ways… both vowing never to work with each other again.
Although this split is FAR more civil (they still call themselves friends), it could be a more costly one. Howard Shore composed the music for The Lord of the Rings films… one of the most deeply moving soundtracks I think i’ve every heard. The music of Rings is forever associated with it in my head. It was more than magical… it was…heart stirring.
Saddly, the magic that came with Jackson and Shore working together will not appear for King Kong. The two have reached an impasse in “creative differences” on how the score should sound and has resulted in Shore leaving the project… with just 2 months to go until it’s release date.
I’m sure it will all be “fine”… but sadly… we’ll never know how much better than “fine” it might have been.