Radiohead’s music has often had a futuristic, almost otherworldly quality to it, and now the legendary band’s frontman might be coming to a post-apocalyptic future near you. “Terminator Salvation” director McG announced at New York Comic-Con that he’s been talking to Thom Yorke about contributing to his forthcoming franchise reboot.
At first McG was considering handing over the entire score to Yorke and Gustavo Santaolalla, the Argentine composer whose “Babel” score won an Academy Award in 2006. “We talked about Gustavo getting with Thom Yorke from Radiohead, which I thought would be a very interesting combination,” said the director. Eventually he signed Danny Elfman (“Batman,” “Spider-Man”) to compose the score, but Yorke and Santaolalla have stayed in the mix. “They still may do a couple of sounds for the movie,” McG revealed.
This wouldn’t be Yorke’s first foray into cinema. In 2002 he collaborated with Björk on “I’ve Seen It All,” an Oscar-nominated song from the Icelandic singer’s film, “Dancer in the Dark.” Nor would it be the first time Yorke joins a Christian Bale project. Yorke appeared in 1998’s “Velvet Goldmine” as part of the fictional glam rock band Venus in Furs. He ended up contributing several Roxy Music covers to the soundtrack.
If a Yorke/”Terminator” alliance is in need going to happen, it better happen soon. Radiohead is set to travel to Mexico City in March to begin a Central and South American tour that won’t finish off until a two-night stand in Chile toward the end of the month. They’ll have a period of relative quiet in April before kick-starting a North American tour in May, a few weeks before “Terminator Salvation” hit theaters across the country.
Should Yorke have scored the entire “Terminator” film, or are you looking forward to Elfman’s take? What are you more excited for in May—“Salvation” or an eight show Radiohead tour in the States?