At one point set to be scored by Philip Glass, Park Chan-Wook’s Stoker now boasts Clint Mansell as its composer. Mansell, Oscar-nominated and most famous for his work with Darren Aronofsky, has also scored Moon and, most recently, Mass Effect 3, his first videogame. Chan-Wook, the director known for the “Vengeance” trilogy, including favorite Oldboy, is making his English directorial debut with Stoker, written by Prison Break star Wentworth Miller in pseudonym.
The film, starring Mia Wasikowska and Nicole Kidman, is reportedly a vampire horror, although Chan-Wook insists it’s “not about vampires.” Focusing on the relationship between Wasikowska’s character and her enigmatic (and likely undead) uncle, played by Matthew Goode, Chan-Wook says that the “jumping off point” of the movie is Hitchcock’s similar Shadow of a Doubt. Miller’s screenplay made the 2010 Black List, giving it a decent pedigree, and he’s already written a prequel as well.
Mansell’s music is often richly distinctive and he can carry eeriness better than most other film composers one could name. He seems a great fit for the project, as appropriate for the subject matter as anyone involved. Recording is currently ongoing in London.[Film Music Reporter via /Film]