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Updated: Harry Gregson-Williams No Longer Scoring Alien: Covenant

Earlier this year we reported that regular Ridley Scott collaborator Harry Gregson-Williams would be scoring Alien: Covenant. However, having been removed from the credits on IMDB earlier this week, some fans took to Facebook to ask Harry Gregson-Williams if he was still scoring Alien: Covenant. Last night Gregson-Williams responded to one of those inquiries to break the bad news.

Harry Gregson-William confirms he is no longer working on Alien: Covenant. Harry Gregson-Williams No Longer Scoring Alien: Covenant

Harry Gregson-William confirms he is no longer working on Alien: Covenant.

The composer provided no further details and no other outlet appears to be covering this yet so the reasons for Harry Gregson-Williams’ departure is unknown. This development is a bit of a surprise as we already know that the score was being recorded as of the end of September as confirmed on Facebook.

At the least, the orchestral textures and soundscapes were being recorded at the appropriately designed Alvernia Studios in Poland.

Alvernia Studios is furnished with a metal Alien statue and very Giger-esque designs throughout the building. Photo by Alexander Belenkly.  Harry Gregson-Williams No Longer Scoring Alien: Covenant

Alvernia Studios is furnished with a metal Alien statue and very Giger-esque designs throughout the building. Photo by Alexander Belenkly.

Hopefully we’ll find out more about the sudden change and who will be replacing Harry Gregson-Williams soon. Thanks to Darkoo for the heads up.

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Update 03/11/2016 – Replying to a query as to why he had exited Alien: Covenant, Harry Gregson-Williams provided the following comment: “Schedules and one’s expectations of scoring a film don’t always fit and this one wasn’t going to work out. I move on to another project with gratitude to have worked on many movies with Ridley Scott where the moons did indeed align and I had the chance to burrow in to the core of the project.”



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  1. Ingwar
    Maybe you are right. Who knows. We'll find out one day.

    HGW says project not projects. He also adds that he had a chance to burrow in to the core of it. Sounds enigmatic for me :)
  2. Corporal Hicks
    Another comment from HGW:

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    Schedules and one's expectations of scoring a film don't always fit and this one wasn't going to work out. I move on to another project with gratitude to have worked on many movies with Ridley Scott where the moons did indeed align and I had the chance to burrow in to the core of the project and do the job!
  3. Himmelblau
    Here is my thought....

    Fassie said Scott already has a cut of the film, right. So maybe this cut is his (hard R-rated version), and the studio is making him reshoot so its not so violent hence why Williams can't score the movie. ( if reshoot rumors are true) Now does that mean that there will be two cuts of the film??
  4. Enoch
    Scoring the movie is business for gods sake... Maybe Ridley wasnt
    pleased with Harry's score and fired him... easy as that. Maybe Ridley
    found another composer willing to score Covenant... maybe its just
    schedule issue... there are tons of reasons.
  5. fiveways
    Who wrote this on Wiki? It's bullshit speculation (underlined) -

    "Harry Gregson-Williams has been selected as the film's composer,[46] but confirmed he's no longer involved in scoring the movie. Inside chatter suggests he was unhappy with the film as a whole and wanted out.[47]"

    I assume someone took this quote way out of context:

    "one’s expectations of scoring a film don’t always fit"

    And looking at some of the absolute shit he has scored ("Total Recall 2012, Cowboy's and Aliens), that movie would have to be the absolute shits for him to turn it down.  Of note though, The only movie on his entire resume that even eludes to horror is Prometheus.  THIS IS WILD SPECULATION:  Maybe he doesn't want to be associated with something as gory as this film is looking to be?  The Backbuster scene isn't going to be pretty.  Depending on how he works, he might not want to be subject to that amount of gore repeatedly.  WILD SPECULATION ENDS.
  6. The Eighth Passenger
    The source they cite [47] links back to AVP Galaxy!  :laugh:

    And some more lulz:

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    Cast[edit]
    For more details on individual characters, see List of Alien characters.
    Michael Fassbender as David and Walter. David is a synthetic android created by the Weyland Corporation, formerly a crew member of the destroyed Prometheus.[2] Walter is a more advanced android who assists the crew aboard the Covenant.[3]
    Katherine Waterston as Daniels, a crew member of the Covenant.[4]
    Danny McBride as the pilot of the Covenant.[5]
    Noomi Rapace as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw, an archaeologist, formerly a crew member of the destroyed Prometheus.[4]
    Demián Bichir
    Billy Crudup
    Amy Seimetz
    Jussie Smollett
    Carmen Ejogo
    Callie Hernandez
    Alexander England
    Benjamin Rigby
    Uli Latukefu
    Nathaniel Dean
    Tess Haubrich
    Goran D. Kleut
    Aaron Percival- Corporal Hicks

    Wasn't me, honest Corporal!

  7. Necronomicon II
    Who wrote this on Wiki? It's bullshit speculation (underlined) -

    "Harry Gregson-Williams has been selected as the film's composer,[46] but confirmed he's no longer involved in scoring the movie. Inside chatter suggests he was unhappy with the film as a whole and wanted out.[47]"
  8. Protozoid
    It used to be more common, perhaps, for a tentpole to have its score replaced. I read somewhere that this was commonly the first step in major post-production revisions. See also: The 13th Warrior, Troy, Timeline, and even 2001: A Space Odyssey. There is also Ridley's own Legend and, to a lesser extent, Alien and Prometheus, to consider. All of these were re-jiggered not because of the schedule, but because either the studio or Ridley didn't like the score.
  9. XENOMORPHOSIS
    An obscure example but the composer of the Amazing Spider-Man James Horner had confessed "Before his unfortunate passing" that he refused to do the music for the sequel Amazing Spider-Man 2 because in his words "the film was all action and just awful" Hope that's not the case with this film, showing signs that its less than stella and unhappy to be involved. Hope that's not the case with this film.
  10. Kurai
    Which is hilarious. What have you got going on Harry that is better than a Ridley Alien?

    Exactly. New Blade Runner, Star Wars and Alien:Covenant are the most anticipated Sci-Fi movies of 2017. I don't buy this schedule thing. Smells fishy to me. Especially when HGW says: "(...) one's expectations of scoring a film don't always fit". Whose expectations? His? Ridley's? Fox's? Strange.

    I'm pretty sure that if it involved creative differences then he'd just come out and say it, it's fairly common practice these days. Scheduling issues could also mean personal life events, not just work. He may have had projects he was supposed to have finished that ended up boiling over into the time he'd need to set aside for Covenant, or commitments which he didn't think would impact his work that ended up doing so.
  11. Corporal Hicks
    I can't really comment as to that, I'm afraid. I don't know what they were like with Prometheus.

    HGW provided an update:

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    Schedules and one's expectations of scoring a film don't always fit and this one wasn't going to work out. I move on to another project with gratitude to have worked on many movies with Ridley Scott where the moons did indeed align and I had the chance to burrow in to the core of the project.
  12. Corporal Hicks
    Unless he's been holding out on us, no. I did nearly get him onto the set but that fell through.  :'(

    I learnt a while back that they'd shown any early cut of the film to some of the shakers and movers at Fox and the reception had been good.
  13. Corporal Hicks
    Reaction to the early screening was positive.
    Exactly, plus there is ten months until the film is released. Often composers don't sign on until maybe three, four months before release date. The news that HGW is not scoring the movie any more is not in any way indicative that there are production problems. I think a lot of people jumping to assumptions and wild speculation at the minute.

    They'll be using a temp score at the minute too so it's unlikely to be a reaction to any score in the screening. 

    That wasn't intended as a dig at all.

    Fair enough mate, sorry, it read like you were. We don't generally report on rumours like that unless we're confident in them or their source.
  14. BonesawT101
    Reaction to the early screening was positive.
    Exactly, plus there is ten months until the film is released. Often composers don't sign on until maybe three, four months before release date. The news that HGW is not scoring the movie any more is not in any way indicative that there are production problems. I think a lot of people jumping to assumptions and wild speculation at the minute.
  15. Protozoid
    The more I think about it, this isn't good. When a test screening doesn't go well, the score if often the first thing to be scrapped, especially if the audience commented on it being weird. If the score was psychedelic, I can imagine it taking some blame if the screening didn't work out. In other words, I'm worried that Fox doesn't like Covenant in its current form.
  16. BonesawT101
    Yea though I'm just curious where and when they heard the movie was going through 'rumoured' reshoots? The way they mention it is as if the Internet is abound with rumours that the movie is undergoing reshoots but that is simply not the case, this is the first time this has ever been mentioned.
  17. whiterabbit
    Oh so simply put, he's out because of scheduling conflicts concerning the reshoots? I actually thought the rumors were fact, which made it hard to believe someone's grown kid would do something so stupid. Of course it could be a conspiracy to frame the guy by the person who leaked the set pics.
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