Shore Out, Howard In as "King Kong" Composer

by | October 17, 2005 | Comments shares a press release from Universal Pictures, and it seems that "Lord of the Rings" collaborators Peter Jackson and Howard Shore have parted ways on the "King Kong" post-production stage. Veteran composer James Newton Howard will now write the music for Mr. Jackson’s giant-monkey extravaganza.

Peter Jackson made the following statement: "I have greatly enjoyed my collaborations with Howard Shore, whose musical themes made immeasurable contributions to ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. 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" smashes into theaters on December 14th.