LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - With a cast finally chosen, “The Hunger Games” soundtrack is under way.
Lionsgate will partner with Universal Republic Records for an album that includes songs played in the movie and music inspired by the film’s themes — but not in “The Hunger Games.”
There also will be an album of the actual score, written by Oscar winner T Bone Burnett and four-time Oscar nominee, composer Danny Elfman.
Produced by Burnett — executive music producer for the film — the not-quite-soundtrack will include music by “some of music’s most successful and acclaimed artists,” Lionsgate’s head of music, Tracy McKnight said in a release.
No artists’ names have been announced.
McKnight noted that “the setting for ‘The Hunger Games’ ranges from what could be perceived as the rural Southern part of the U.S. all the way to the most advanced metropolis imaginable, and it all takes place in a vividly imagined future. The list of artists that could participate, and the opportunities for them to write and record, are really unlimited.”
Burnett, who won the best original song Oscar for the 2009 “Crazy Heart,” played guitar for Bob Dylan in the Rolling Thunder Review tour and was executive music producer and composer on “Walk the Line,” the Johnny Cash biopic.
He also will collaborate on the score with Elfman — who has composed music on movies as diverse as “Men In Black,” “Milk,” “Edward Scissorhands” and “Mission: Impossible,” as well as writing the theme for “The Simpsons.”
“Hunger Games” is shaping up to be one of the biggest movies of 2012.
It’s based on the bestselling novels by Suzanne Collins and has an impressive cast, including Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson and Donald Sutherland.
As many young adult novels are, this one is set in a dystopian future. In this one, once a year, teenagers are forced to fight to the death for food in nationally televised events.