Radiohead to Score Linklater's A Scanner Darkly!?!

Founder and Editor; Toronto, Canada (@AnarchistTodd)
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Now, this is one that belongs firmly in the rumor pile - nothing has been confirmed - but the source seems credible and if this pans out it's simply stunning news, far too good to sit on. I'll let him speak for himself:

"I have a friend who is an animator on Richard Linklater's A SCANNER DARKLY. I thought you might be interested in this scoop.

The movie is doing very well in test screenings, but the #1 complaint audiences have is with the score. So I can only tell you this anonymously, but the producers have approached RADIOHEAD about doing a new score for the film and it looks like everything is going to go through. So in addition to an awesome animated Phillip K. Dick film, we will have a brand new Radiohead score to look forward to. as far as I know, this is the first time Radiohead has ever done a score for the film. While this is still a "rumor" at this time, I would give it a 99% accuracy rating at this point.

Also, I've seen the new trailer for the film and it is absolutely outstanding. It should be hitting the web any time now."

For those unaware this film is Linklater's adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel of the same name using the same animation technique's he previously used with Waking Life. And if ever there's been a band that more closely shared Dick's themes of paranoia, isolation and a joint fascination with / fear of technology than Radiohead I certainly don't know who it is. This will be an absolutely perfect match if it comes together.

In case you've not yet seen the stunning first trailer for the film yet, the Apple page is here.

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misterblueDecember 11, 2005 10:17 PM

Yes, Jake Brahm. Yes you are. Some people don't recognise true beauty even when it comes and bites them in the ass...

Willy WooDecember 11, 2005 10:44 PM

just wait until you see it. the animation on Scanner is amazing. it's not like waking life if thats what your worried about.

PaulDecember 12, 2005 1:09 AM

Radiohead??? Best score ever + Waking Life animation + Richard Linklater = best movie ever

Daniel JohnstonDecember 12, 2005 1:57 AM

My Favourite author, my favourite band + one of my favourite directors! If they can hold it all together the results will be very interesting!

Jake BrahmDecember 12, 2005 2:05 AM

I guess it really is just me then. I just feel like you should either go with live action, or go with animation; when you mix the two they don't really mesh up too well.

As far as Radiohead goes, I think they proved they aren't very good at writing original scores when they did that NYC dance thing with Sigur Ros. All though, Johnny Greenwood did a neat little soundtrack for a BBC documentary that was all right.

eugeneDecember 12, 2005 2:15 AM

A serious, animated sci-fi adaptation, and a new RADIOHEAD album! Count me in thrice!

Kurt HalfyardDecember 12, 2005 2:18 AM


Armando AlvarezDecember 12, 2005 8:29 AM


Radiohead performed that "score" LIVE. They went with the intention of not trying to make real music. They just wanted to "experiment." Obviously their scoring will be completely different for a real movie. Bodysong is a perfect example of this, although I think the whole band together would do better.

As for the animation, I can see your point, but I disagree. I think it adds an element of disassociation, as with Waking Life, where you lose yourself and the movie gains an entirely new eerie "glow" to so say. After a while you stop noticing...

One thing I must say is that the faces look TOO photo-realistic. Almost as if they just added some photoshop effects to real photos. Maybe it'll look better in longer clips, but with the short ones from the preview, it looks like photos pasted into awesome animation. I'll still love the hell out of this though :-D

Best band ever + director of the best movie ever + one of the best authors ever (Do androids dream of electric sheep?) who wrote the novel which inspired one of the best sci-fi movies ever (Blade Runner) = a lot of good things :-D

TorosDecember 12, 2005 1:56 PM

oh my gawd!!!

Geert JanDecember 12, 2005 3:15 PM

I already was looking forward to this very very much, but if this rumor turns out to be true I'll go crazy with anticipation.

Matt RileyDecember 12, 2005 8:26 PM

It's a shame that Keanu is asuch a wooden actor, but I'd like to point out that the one character he does well (nerd with no ideas about what's going on around him) would probably fit this movie well, from what I've seen. Just look at the first Matrix movie. He was horrible in that, but it worked perfectly.

Not to mention Radiohead, for the love of god. What an awesome band.

some guy in englandDecember 13, 2005 1:00 AM

god people can be so critical
it looks good
lets all go watch it

LeeDecember 13, 2005 3:38 AM

Radiohead doing the Score for Scanner would be perfect. They already have a great director and a great cast, so that would be awesome. As for Keanu, I admit I quite like the guy, he has a long career and makes really interesting choices of work. Plus, he plays lost and confused better than any actor and nobody can deny that Bob Arctor is that way more than half of the story. I think he is pitch perfect to play Arctor as Downey is to play Barris.

David GentleDecember 13, 2005 4:02 AM

It's not just you Jake. I don't find that animation style very pleasent. It just seems pointless to shoot film and then smother it in block colours unless you want a contrasting sequence.
As for beauty...that is in the eye of the beholder, as has been long established.

BrandonFebruary 7, 2006 4:47 AM

I am reading "A Scanner Darkly" book right now, it is excellent, the movie will probably be just as good. Read the book if you get the chance.

angrydroidFebruary 28, 2006 4:51 PM
robsageJune 8, 2006 4:53 AM

this move looks brilliant, but i cant help wishing Edward Norton replaced Keanu Reeves.

and as for radiohead? i could just see them using old radiohead songs for this movie and it still being superb.
everything in its right place?