Nick Cave & Warren Ellis Record Soundtrack for Upcoming Marilyn Monroe Film ‘Blonde’

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis Record Soundtrack for Upcoming Marilyn Monroe Film ‘Blonde’

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L: Nick Cave ((Photo by David Corio/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images). R: Marylin Monroe (Photo by Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images). 

Nick Cave and his longtime Bad Seeds compadre, Warren Ellis have recorded the soundtrack for an upcoming film about the vivacious Marilyn Monroe. 

As reported by the Guardian, the biopic titled Blonde is helmed by director and screenwriter Andrew Dominik and based on the fictionalised novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates, released in 2000.

It marks the second time Cave and Ellis worked with Dominik, previously producing the 2016 film One More Time with Feeling, which documented Cave’s Skeleton Tree album, written in the aftermath of his son Arthur’s tragic death.

Additionally, the publication reports that the partnership is blossoming, with Cave and Ellis also slated to perform songs from their albums, including Carnage and Ghosteen for a new music film by Dominik.

Reflecting on working with Ellis, Cave told The Guardian: “It’s an incredible privilege to work with Warren. In any situation, he wants the best for me and I want the best for him. We have basically developed a way of working where we both relinquish control of the music we make together. We spend many hours improvising music together, sitting and playing in good faith without the politics and power grabs of many partnerships. We just let the songs find themselves.”

Dominik added: “Warren is a character. Just conversationally the way he can go off on these incredible verbal flights is quite something. Creatively, he’s incredibly open, but I have to say, he’s also enigmatic, even a bit secretive. He appears to be letting it all hangout, but he’s not really telling you anything about himself.”

Cave and Ellis have received widespread acclaim for their often effectively chilling film scores. This upcoming project adds to an impressive list of soundtrack releases, including the award-winning The Proposition (2005), The Road (2009), Hell or High Water (2016), The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), West of Memphis and Wind River (2012). 

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis | Song For Bob (The Assassination of Jesse James)

Blonde, starring Ana De Armas as Marilyn Monroe, is set to be released next year, though a date is yet to be confirmed. 


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