Amazon Studios is reportedly in talks with Howard Shore about preparing the score for its upcoming Lord of the Rings TV show.
Per Deadline, Shore is considering a return to Middle Earth, with the Oscar-winning composer talking with Amazon about writing music for the series.
At the moment, there’s no word on how long Shor and Amazon Studios have been in the news. If Amazon’s Lord of the Rings show manages to recruit Shore, however, it will be a major coup for the TV series.
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Shore, who has given other notable productions including The Departed, The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia, previously won three Oscars for his work on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
The Canadian musician received two Best Original Score Academy Awards in 2001 and 2003 for The Fellowship of the Rings and The Return of the King, respectively. Shore also earned Sony’s third Oscar for Best Original at the 2003 Academy Awards for The Return of the King’s Into the West, sung by Annie Lennox.
After his stint on the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Shore returned to pen the music for Peter Jackson’s Hobbit film trilogy between 2012 and 2014. Most recently, Shore made the Netflix drama Piece of a Woman and the coming-of-age story Funny Boy.
If Shore signs Amazon’s Lord of the Rings, it would be his first foray into a TV production since co-writing the theme song for The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien in 2010.
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This isn’t the first sign we’ve had about Shore wanting to return to the Lord of the Rings franchise.
In January, Nerdshala Entertainment reporter Tom Powers (in his freelance days) spoke to Shore for Observer.com, and asked the legendary musician if he had talked to Amazon about scoring his Lord of the Rings TV show. . Unsurprisingly, Shor reveals that he would be open to the possibility.
“I haven’t spoken to the production [team] about this [Lord of the Rings],” he said. “I am not following it, but I will consider it.”
Given Shore’s history with the Lord of the Rings series, Amazon would be foolish not to discuss the subject with Shore and its representatives. His work on the Lord of the Rings film trilogy is considered one of the best film scores of all time. Shore’s music for The Hobbit film trilogy isn’t even to smell.
If Amazon succeeds in taking down the noise, it will be a perfect fit for its TV adaptation. There would be considerable continuity connecting all three live-action productions through Shore’s music, and he could also use elements from his six Lord of the Rings scores. Intercepting the scores of TV shows with the music of movies, say, whenever One Ring is on screen, would be a cool throwback and would be instantly recognizable to hardcore fans.
With Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series set in the second era, Shore will be able to produce new, distinctive music for this specific period of Middle Earth history.
We’re already on board with Shore’s return, so Amazon only has one thing to do right now: sign him up as soon as possible.
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