Everything about Twilight has been a sensation. The books have established writer Stephenie Meyer as America’s answer to J. K. Rowling. The film has made massive stars of its two leads Robert Pattinson as sensitive vampire Edward and Kristen Stewart as his mortal love Bella and the soundtrack hasn’t failed to keep up the good work. It sold 165,000 copies alone in its first week on release in the US and has been certified platinum. It still continues to ride high in the US Billboard charts and featuring top names such as Muse, Linkin Park and Paramore it’s no surprise. What is more interesting is speculation that the soundtrack to the much-anticipated Twilight sequel, New Moon (out on 27th November in the UK!) will be more experimental.
Music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas oversaw the song selections for Twilight and is tipped to return for New Moon, but with Chris Weitz having replaced Catherine Hardwicke as the franchise’s new director should we expect a new sound to go with the New Moon? Maria Baldi, the west coast partner for Zync, a music brokerage company that helped secure the use of two tracks on the Twilight soundtrack certainly thinks so. “I think that might be the way it’s going,” she revealed to E! Online. “I get the vibe that the guy [Weitz] is a little more into being surprised… everything is really open, and he wants to hear a lot of cool music.”
While it’s not unsurprising that a new director would want to explore new ideas, put their own stamp on matters and not follow too closely in their predecessor’s footsteps, it is an interesting admission. How far can Chris Weitz go without losing the Twilight sound and should he even attempt it after the runaway success of the soundtrack? Is he simply changing things for the sake of it or does the sequel need a musical identity all of its own? Leave a comment below and let us know what you’d like from the New Moon soundtrack.