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‘Looper’ Composer Nathan Johnson Finds New Work on Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s ‘Addiction’

Written by on November 29, 2012 

If you’ve seen only one of Rian Johnson‘s movies — heck, odds say you’re familiar with all three of them — then you know the work of his composer (and cousin), Nathan Johnson. It’s hard not to notice, anyway. In a world of mainstream filmmaking that, with few exceptions, has grown less and less concerned with musical accompaniment, the man doesn’t actually have to do much in order to stand out — but, still, his work is of a high order.

In a rare break from his longtime collaborator, Johnson is putting himself to work with, funny enough, another longtime collaborator. Of a different kind, at least, since FilmMusicReporter tell us he’ll be scoring Don Jon’s Addiction, the directorial debut of Rian Johnson‘s favorite actor, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Starring and written by him, too, it’s about a womanizing jerk who ends up being more open to others — i.e., also turning into a better guy — when he meets a widow; Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Brie Larson, and Tony Danza all co-star.

Seeing as Addiction hasn’t so much as eyed a release date, let alone shown a single frame, I didn’t think Johnson would be all too far into the scoring process. But, as it turns out, the outlet already know what to expect from his work here: “different flavors, including orchestra, guitar and some electronic sounds,” further showing his great skill at changing things up for the sake of a picture. Should anything remain the same, though, let’s hope it’s those behind-the-scenes looks at how the process is completed.

A smaller update also hits from FilmMusicReporter, who have learned that Javier Navarrete (Pan’s Labyrinth) will be taking Atticus Ross‘s place as composer of 47 Ronin. It just so happens that Trent Reznor‘s Social Network and Dragon Tattoo partner was, probably, the only bright spot on this film’s record, with a ton of production issues and a recent, 10-month delay now to its name. Signing an Oscar-nominated composer is a good idea, all told, but it’s also another bump in the road for Carl Erik Rinsch and Keanu Reeves‘ samurai epic.

Regardless, the film will be opening on December 25th, 2013.

How do you feel about Johnson and Gordon-Levitt being back together? Is the removal of Ross a troubling sign?

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