If reports out of San Diego's Comic-Con are correct, "Twilight" sequel "New Moon" will have an exponentially stronger soundtrack than the first film in the franchise. Director Chris Weitz is quoted as saying Radiohead's Thom Yorke and indie singer/songwriter Bon Iver are booked for the sequel to the vampire soap opera, both supposedly contributing new songs.
Although when it comes to blockbuster soundtracks, the word "new" is sometimes redefined as a "new recording of a previously unreleased track." Nevertheless, Weitz's targeting of Yorke and the warm folk-pop of Bon Iver are a good sign, as the original "Twilight" soundtrack ranged from the silly (actor Robert Pattinson's coffeeshop-safe tunes) to the obvious (current mall-punk faves Paramore with typically tuneless single).
Weitz tells HitFix, "I selfishly want to put songs in by artists I love. And some of the cast and crew also happen to love. I think [Bon Iver] is fantastic. He says he wrote it for the film, but who ever knows if it might just be something laying around in his cupboard."
There's still more slots to be filled on the soundtrack, of course, and expect some big, radio-friendly names to be added. The "Twilight" soundtrack was a mega-hit of Taylor Swift-like proportions, and don't think the inclusions of Yorke and Bon Iver are a sign that the franchise is suddenly getting all arty. Weitz still has designs on once-and-former delightfully scruffy Southern rockers Kings of Leon.
The "Twilight" soundtrack is still in the top 40 on the U.S. pop chart, and has sold 2.1 million copies in the U.S. to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
-- Todd Martens
Photo: Thom Yorke. Credit: Los Angeles Times