The Icelandic rocker and artist Alex Somers have been recruited to create a soundtrack for Manhattan, a drama focusing on the 1940s race to build an atomic bomb.
This is the first small screen project for Jonsi, who previously served as composer for Cameron Crowe's 2011 film We Bought a Zoo, a score which Somers produced.
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We Bought A Zoo director Cameron Crowe sat down with Sigur Ros' lead singer, Jonsi, who composed the soundtrack to the film. Crowe was first introduced to Jonsi, when he asked to use some of Sigur Ros' music in the 2001 film Vanilla Sky.
The pair discussed the music in the opening scene; Jonsi revealed that one instrument he used was a 'simple' music box. Both of them expressed an interest in working again, with Jonsi admitting that he'd love to score a thriller.
We Bought A Zoo tells the story of single father Benjamin Mee, who moves into a dilapidated zoo with his two children, shortly after the death of his wife. With the help of the zoo staff and in particular, the head keeper Kelly, the family set about renovating it in the hopes of reopening it to the public again.
Crowe revealed that, even before writing to Jonsi with his request, he would play Sigur Ros on set, to the point where Matt Damon - who plays Benjamin Mee - would request certain songs, such as Go Do and Sinking Friendships, to act to. Jonsi and Crowe watched the opening scene of the movie, in which the music is one of the first things you hear. The Jerry Maguire director called Jonsi's soundtrack an extra character in the movie, one that was inviting the viewer in to the protagonists' lives.
In addition to Matt Damon, We Bought A Zoo also stars Scarlett Johansson and Elle Fanning. The film will open in the UK on March 16th, 2012. Watch the trailer for We Bought A Zoo here.
In the film, Damon plays real-life widower Benjamin Mee, who brought a dilapidated zoo back to life in honour of his late wife - and he found the Icelandic star's music, and other tunes Crowe played on the set, helpful for his character building.
Crowe tells WENN, "We played Jonsi's music a lot in the making of the movie, along with some Pearl Jam, too, and Neil Young. Matt Damon is a big fan of all this music, so we literally started playing music during one of his takes on the first day, and he said, 'Gotta keep it coming, man. Keep it coming.'
"So that’s how we made We Bought a Zoo. It's very much a music filled experience."
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The Icelandic rocker's solo debut Go saw off competition from 11 other albums, including Swedish pop star Robyn's latest effort Body Talk, to receive the honour.
The judging panel has heaped praise on Jonsi, insisting, "The music of the winner could only have been made here, in the North. It sounds and almost smells like Iceland.
"It's brave and life-affirming pop music that grabs you by the heart in flamboyant technicolour."
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Without going into the whys and wherewithals behind Jonsi Birgisson's decision to go it alone and record his first solo album, it would be fair to say that the result of his wares, 'Go', found itself heralded as something of a masterpiece. Indeed if critical acclaim is anything to go by, its clearly held in the same high regard as many of the prolific works Birgisson has conjured up as one quarter of Sigur Ros. That the album itself and Jonsi's subsequent live shows featured none of the other members of the aforementioned band speaks volumes for its creator, although the much of the initial praise on the studio version of 'Go' undeniably landed at the feet of arranger Nico Muhly. However, anyone expecting this double CD/DVD package to be little more than a cautionary run through of the record and little else is in for a very pleasant and welcoming surprise.
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