Original Score by Grammy-winning Composer
James Newton Howard
Directed by Francis Lawrence,
Stars Reese Witherspoon,
and Hal Holbrook
Sony Classical is excited to announce the release of the original motion picture soundtrack of Water for Elephants, featuring an original score by acclaimed composer James Newton Howard, available April 19, 2011. Directed by Francis Lawrence, Water for Elephants stars Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, Christoph Waltz and Hal Holbrook. One of the most highly anticipated films of 2011, Water for Elephants opens nationwide April 22.
With his rich variety of experience, James Newton Howard was the ideal choice of composer for a score to match the color, excitement and emotional intensity of Water for Elephants. A powerful, epic tale of forbidden love, based on the acclaimed #1 best seller, the film is about an idealistic young man who finds his destiny in a magical place filled with adventure, wonder and great danger. To complement the sounds of a 1930s circus, Howard has supplemented his magical score with four songs from the Depression era.
One of the most versatile and in-demand composers, James Newton Howard has received eight Oscar nominations, four Grammy nominations plus a win for The Dark Knight (with Hans Zimmer), an Emmy Award, two additional Emmy nominations, four Golden Globe nominations and has been honored with ASCAP's prestigious Henry Mancini Award for Lifetime Achievement. In 2008, Howard was recipient of the World Soundtrack Award for Film Composer of the Year. His most recent films include the critically acclaimed blockbuster The Dark Knight (with Hans Zimmer), the legal thriller Michael Clayton and the box office hit I Am Legend. To date, Howard has over 100 films to his credit. Among them are all of M. Night Shyamalan's films; five films for director Lawrence Kasdan; four Julia Roberts comedies including Pretty Woman and My Best Friend's Wedding and three animated films for Walt Disney Studios. Howard's other wide-ranging credits include The Fugitive, The Great Debaters, Blood Diamond, King Kong, Batman Begins, Peter Pan, Collateral, Outbreak, Primal Fear, Glengarry Glen Ross, and The Devil's Advocate among others.