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Exclusive: Thomas Newman Scoring Steven Soderbergh’s ‘The Bitter Pill’

Exclusive: Thomas Newman Scoring Steven Soderbergh's 'The Bitter Pill'

Steven Soderbergh has long made a habit of keeping a wide-ranging roster of regular collaborators to turn to, depending on the needs of whatever project he’s working on. And with the cameras now rolling on his next effort “The Bitter Pill” he’s taking a step away from the electronic-driven scores by Cliff Martinez and David Holmes of his last two films “Contagion” and “Haywire.”

Sources close to the project have confirmed with The Playlist that ten-time Oscar nominee Thomas Newman will be scoring the upcoming thriller. It seems that Newman and Soderbergh have made an unofficial pact to work together every six years, first pairing up in 2000 for “Erin Brockovich” and again in 2006 for “The Good German” (with Newman earning an Ocar nod for his work). This time around he’ll cue the strings for the film which stars Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Vinessa Shaw in a story about a young woman who turns to prescription meds to deal with the anxiety caused by her husband’s upcoming relase from prison. The film is slated for a February 8, 2013 release, but you’ll be able to hear some fresh Newman tunes before then, as he’s also scoring the blockbuster “Skyfall” this year.

In related news, Deadline reports the electronic musician and tea enthusiast Moby will be scoring “The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman.” Starring Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Melissa Leo and Til Schweiger, the action flick tells the story of a young man who goes to Europe, falls in love and gets tangled up with a mobster. Moby’s music has cued more than a few moments in feature films and commercials over the years, so it only makes sense that he would eventually transition into writing a score himself. Filming kicks off in May.

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