James Newton Howard To Score 'King Kong'

King Kong PosterUniversal Pictures confirmed today that James Newton Howard will compose the original score for the dramatic adventure King Kong, which is directed by Peter Jackson. Mr. Howard replaces Howard Shore, who is leaving the project.

"I have greatly enjoyed my collaborations with Howard Shore, whose musical themes made immeasurable contributions to 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy," said Jackson. "During the last few weeks, Howard and I came to realize that we had differing creative aspirations for
the score of 'King Kong.'"

"Rather than waste time arguing with a friend and trying to unify our points of view, we decided amicably to let another composer score the film. I'm looking forward to working with James Newton Howard, a composer whose work I've long admired, and I thank Howard Shore, whose talent is surpassed only by his graciousness."

King Kong will be released December 14, 2005.

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