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Ennio Morricone Recycles Score for 'Hateful Eight' from John Carpenter Film

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Dec 14, 2015 09:04 PM EST

Ennio Morricone is up for a Golden Globe with his music for the Quentin Tarantino film, The Hateful Eight. It's been reported, though, that Morricone's score sounds eerily familiar to a disc of unused music from John Carpenter's The Thing. Maybe you guessed it. Yes, Morricone stole from himself to provide for the Tarantino film.

Unused content falls into a proverbial grey area especially in the realm of music. While it may not seem suspicious or illegal to use music that is technically yours and scrapped from another project, it is immoral to not address that out of the gate.

Morricone, famous for his list of music for spaghetti westerns, had reservations of being on set with Tarantino. In light of this, rumors circulated that the duo did not work well together. However, when Tarantino heard the unused tunes from The Thing, he figured why not?

"I had a little voice in my head saying, 'This material deserved an original score.' And I've never thought that way before, I've never had that voice before. I didn't ever want to trust a composer with the soul of my movie," Tarantino said in a Q and A about the film and Morricone.

But it seems that the musicality of the debate at hand was not truly the cause for stealing one's own work. Instead, as Fact Mag points out, it was apparent from the pair's first meeting that the score would be compromised if it took over a month to put together.

And it was also at the behest of Tarantino that Morricone retrieve the unused music and reappropriate it for The Hateful Eight.

What ever the story might be, the music is a recycled version of an unused composition from The Thing. But if Tarantino has a say in it, the music should be an unique choice for the film--as his other productions have proved in the past.

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TagsEnnio Morricone, The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino, The Thing, John Carpenter