One of the best, most defining parts of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movie trilogy was the music composed by Howard Shore. It remains to be seen if Shore will return for Amazon’s new, very expensive Lord of the Rings TV show, but if he doesn’t, who might do the music?
Jeremy Soule, who composed the very excellent music for Bethesda’s 2011 RPG The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, has raised his hand to express interest in doing the job. He posted an informal Twitter poll asking his fans if they want to see him do the music for the LotR show. An overwhelming 95% of respondents said they want him to do it (via WinterIsComing).
Soule went on to say that he was “blown away” by the response to his poll. Now, he’s going to do “a little networking” to see if it might be possible for him to work on the LotR show. “I hope I can bring this world to life in music for you. It will just depend on factors beyond my control,” he said.
Soule is an accomplished composer in the world of video games. In addition to Skyrim, Soule did the music for the Guild Wars series and multiple Harry Potter games, as well as BioWare’s Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Amazon’s LotR show would arguably be his biggest project yet if it comes together.
Amazon has made no announcements about the music for its untitled LotR show, or pretty much anything about it like a cast or behind-the-camera talent. What we do know is that it’s being written by Star Trek 4 scribes JD Payne and Patrick McKay.
Per the supposed terms of an agreement between Amazon and Lord of the Rings rights-holders, the show must enter production within two years, so it might not be much longer until we know a lot more about it. Amazon is reportedly spending $1 billion to produce the Lord of the Rings TV show, so it is no small undertaking.
In LotR film news, a movie about the relationship between J.R.R. Tolkien and his wife Edith Bratt is currently in production. Nicholas Hoult plays Tolkien while Lily Collins plays Bratt.