As much as “The Hunger Games” fans will tell you its nothing like “Twilight,” everything that Lionsgate is doing so far is right out of vampire franchise playbook. From the relentless minor teases of the film, early promotional materials that seem to play up a love triangle between Katniss, Peeta and Gale and hell, even a nail polish line, the apocalypic teen tale is practically cuddly. And nothing gets more wholesome (and mainstream) than Taylor Swift.
The singer surprised fans last night by dropping “Safe And Sound,” her contribution to the soundtrack (she teams up with The Civil Wars) and it’s positively limp. It’s very Swift-esque, all soft voice and pleasant, forgettable melodies, the aural equivalent of shrugging your shoulders. She’s likely just one of a handful of names being coralled to provide some songs for the movie, that will also include a score by James Newton Howard (replacing Danny Elfman) with contributions from T. Bone Burnett and the film’s star Jennifer Lawrence.
With the movie now three months away — it hits on March 23rd — full details on the soundtrack should be arriving any day now. But for now, listen to “Safe And Sound” below and remember, this is nothing like “Twilight” (right?).