Daniel Robert Epstein over at UGO talked with Tyler Bates, who did the score for Rob Zombie’s upcoming The Devil’s Rejects. Dan and Tyler talked a bunch about not only that movie, but about another project Bates is attached to – Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s 300.
Here’s the gist of what Bates had to say:
"[T]he movie is an ancient battle epic. There are beautiful themes on the top and large choir and whatnot, but it’s tempered with some extreme heaviness. Zack did an elaborate test shot for Warner Bros to illustrate exactly the kind of film he wanted to make. I scored the test shot and I said to him, "You are aware that this is probably five times heavier than anything that’s ever come out in this genre?" (laughs) This has a lot of weight and intensity in the low end of the percussion, so he’s down with it. He wants to spawn a new generation of this kind of film."
When asked what the shot was, Bates said, "It was one single unedited shot that was about a minute and a half of a battle scene. We see a line of the Spartans line up against the army of 10,000 Persians ready to invade. It was really fantastic. I was really blown away and, like I said, there were no edits in the whole shot, so it was really cool."
Sounds interesting. I have nothing but high hopes for Snyder’s work on this film, since I really want to see a cool version of this true story. For the rest of the interview with Bates, including a comparison of this footage to Sin City, head over to UGO.