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Goodbye Howard. Hello Howard.

18/10/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

Buy King Kong in the USA - or Buy King Kong in the UK

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Universal Pictures has confirmed that James Newton Howard will compose the original score for the new King Kong movie which is directed by Peter Jackson. Mr. Howard replaces Howard Shore, who is leaving the project.

Peter Jackson told SFcrowsnest.com: "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 realise 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."

The new King Kong flick will be released December 14th, 2005.

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