Danny Elfman and T-Bone Burnett to Score ‘Hunger Games’

Elfman's trademark staccato brass section is about to get bluesy.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

You know what? I still haven't read Hunger Games. I picked up a copy and there it sits by my bedstand, untested and unloved. But everyone else is pretty excited about the upcoming movie adaptation, and with the talent involved – like Winter's Bone's Jennifer Lawrence and Pleasantville director Gary Ross – is easy to see why. Now Hollywood Reporter says they've got a pair of talented composers working on the score: Danny Elfman and T-Bone Burnett.

As movie composers go, Elfman is practically a household name after his iconic collaborations with Tim Burton on projects like Batman, Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas. He's best known for the distinctive 'Danny Elfman' sound, a somewhat spooky riff punctuated by a staccato string section, but his more recent work has been quite varied indeed, with films like Milk sounding very different indeed than his earlier efforts. He's been nominated for four Academy Awards, for Men in Black, Good Will Hunting, Big Fish and the aforementioned Milk.

T-Bone Burnett is a singer/songwriter/producer who's earned more Grammies than we'd care to count. His film work includes composing for such films as Crazy Heart and Walk the Line, as well as producing soundtracks to the likes of O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Across the Universe. He actually has an Academy Award, for the song "The Weary Kind" from Crazy Heart.

I imagine that golden statue will resolve a lot of heated debates about the score for Hunger Games. "Really, Danny? You disagree? Well, it's two against one: me and my Oscar versus you."

Crave Online will be back with more Hunger Games news, and we swear to God that book's going to get read.