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14-Time Oscar Nominee Thomas Newman on Scoring Space Drama ‘Passengers’

14 February 2017 1:17 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This is not a typo: Thomas Newman has earned 14 Oscar nominations without a win. The composer behind such iconic scores as “The Shawhsank Redemption” and “American Beauty,” son of legendary composer Alfred Newman, finds himself back in the race with director Morten Tyldum’s sci-fi romance “Passengers.” Though he’s tackled countless genres, Newman spoke to Variety about the unique challenges of composing the sound of outer space.

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How did you come to be involved with “Passengers?”

For me, it was space. I’ve done space a little bit with “Wall-e,” but I’d never really done a space movie and the idea of floating through space interested me.

How do you go about creating the sound of the future?

Probably anywhere that gives you an idea. You just want to have an idea and if it’s a success, you ask where else it can go. It’s a »

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