SIX-TIME OSCAR NOMINEE JAMES NEWTON HOWARD
CREATES AN ORIGINAL SCORE FOR THE WATER HORSE: LEGEND OF THE DEEP
SOUNDTRACK FEATURES THEME SONG
"BACK WHERE YOU BELONG" PERFORMED BY GRAMMY AWARD WINNER: SINEAD O'CONNOR, AND NEW MUSIC BY SIX-TIME GRAMMY WINNER: THE CHIEFTAINS
Film stars Academy Award nominee Emily Watson, Alex Etel, Ben Chaplin,
David Morrissey and Brian Cox
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep opens wide Christmas Day
Six-time Academy Award? nominated and three-time Golden Globe? Award-winning composer James Newton Howard (Pretty Woman) creates an inspiring original score for Jay Russell's motion picture The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep. The Sony Classical soundtrack recording featuring the original theme song "Back Where You Belong," performed by Sinead O'Connor and new music by The Chieftains is available in stores and online Tuesday, December 4, 2007. The film opens nationwide on Sunday, December 25, 2007.
The story of The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep begins when a twelve-year-old boy named Angus MacMorrow (Alex Etel), takes home a mysterious object he finds on the beach. He soon realizes that it is a magical egg and finds himself raising an amazing creature: a mythical "water horse". As he and his friend, whom he names Crusoe, form a bond of friendship, Angus begins a journey of discovery, protecting a secret that gives birth to a legend.
Composer James Newton Howard exceeded director Jay Russell's expectations when he created the original score for The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep. "He created a beautiful Celtic Symphony which delivers the complexity of Gustav Mahler with the simple grandeur of Aaron Copland," said Russell. "His music not only supports the images and narrative, but takes the film to a higher place."
While composing the score for The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep, Howard invited the Celtic band, The Chieftains, to record "The Water Horse Suite," which they created specifically for the soundtrack recording. Russell was thrilled with this idea because "they brought an organic quality and spirit to the score which perfectly matched the style of film I was making."
Finally, after hearing the song "Back Where You Belong" (Theme from The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep), written and performed by Sin?ad O'Connor, Russell immediately decided that he wanted to include it at the end of the film. "This lovely ballad...stands not as an adjunct or supplement to the film, but is a part of the film itself," said Russell. "The story would not be the same without its emotional power and resonance."
Composer James Newton Howard is a six-time Academy Award? nominee and one of the industry's most prolific composers, with more than 100 motion picture and television scores to his credit. His latest Oscar? nomination came for his score for M. Night Shyamalan's The Village. Howard has scored all of Shyamalan's films, beginning with the director's hit debut, The Sixth Sense as well as Unbreakable, Signs, and Lady in the Water.
Howard also received Oscar? nominations for his work on My Best Friend's Wedding, The Fugitive and The Prince of Tides. He gained two more Oscar? nods for Best Original Song for "Look What Love Has Done" from the movie Junior and "For the First Time" in One Fine Day. He also garnered Golden Globe? Award nominations for both songs. Howard received his third Golden Globe? nomination for his score for Peter Jackson's hit remake of King Kong.
Howard's credits include scores for a diverse array of films, among them Michael Clayton, Blood Diamond, RV, Freedomland, Batman Begins, The Interpreter, Collateral, Hidalgo, America's Sweethearts, Runaway Bride, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Primal Fear, Outbreak, Wyatt Earp, Dave, Falling Down, Grand Canyon, My Girl, Pretty Woman, and Major League to name a few.
Also honored for his work in television, Howard won an Emmy? Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme for the series "Gideon's Crossing" and earned an Emmy? nomination in the same category for "ER."
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