"X3's Musical Score": The Official Forum Discussion An Essay By Caliph AKA Lightning Strikez! **************************************** From the little we've heard, it appears that X3 is going to be grittier, more controversial and emotionally driven than what we've gotten accustomed to. Considering that Brett Ratner, an A-list director who reportedly is well-versed in X-Men comic lore is helming the project, it's likely that the overall *feel* and styling of X3 will be drastically different from the first two installments (in fact, even if Brett wasn't hell-bent on doing this franchise, it still would be an aesthetic departure from Singer's previous works). That said, a high level of importance should be given to a little something called...continuity. In other words, we as fans and movie goers want "the same, but different". Obviously the same characters and the general direction that X2 established will be respected here, but there is one item that can make X3 still *feel* like X2: Its orchestral score. Update 12/9/05: It was announced today that John Powell will compose the music for 20th Century Fox's X-Men 3: Powell, whose previous action scores include Face/Off, The Bourne Identity and The Italian Job, is working for the first time with director Brett Ratner. Previous reports about Lalo Schifrin being involved in the project (Ratner worked with him on the two Rush Hour films and After the Sunset) are no longer accurate. The two first X-Men films, directed by Bryan Singer, were scored by Michael Kamen and John Ottman. X2's score, created by John Ottman (The Usual Suspects, Fantastic Four) weaved an easily identifiable, driving mood throughout the film. A total contrast to 2000's X-Men, X2 had a distinct musical style and most would equate as the series' signature theme. Questions for Discussion: *Do you think John Ottman's musical style is essential for X3's sense of continuity? *Should John Powell base his score on Ottman's X2 themes, or design an all-new score? *From the little we know, should X3's score be even darker to convey a sense of tragedy?