Some things just go together like peanut butter and jelly, right? Well how about Radiohead front-man Thom Yorke and the vampire romance, New Moon? According to an interview with Rotten Tomatoes, Moon's director Chris Weitz spilled details about his plans for the music, and while Weitz will be working again with his Golden Compass composer Alexandre Desplat on the score, rumors have started to pop up about what's in store for the soundtrack. A few weeks back there was talk that Coldplay and Kelly Clarkson would be contributing to the official soundtrack, but music snobs out there might want to hold on to their hat because Weitz now tells RT the following: "I am surprised at some of the bands that have said they're interested. It's kind of great. The criterion will still always be what's right for the movie at that given moment, but Thom Yorke is interested; we might, if we're very lucky, get Kings of Leon to do something... "
Now you might remember that Yorke provided the track for Radiohead's 15 Step to play over Twilight's closing credits, but I wonder if Yorke does sign on, will he be creating something original, or just hand over the rights to another one of his songs? We will have to wait and see, because neither Leon or Yorke have confirmed their involvement with the soundtrack, and like so much of the news surrounding New Moon, the rumors are running wild. But Yorke's spokesperson tells MTV that they were, "not denying [the story], but there's nothing confirmed as yet" and Kings of Leon's spokesperson told MTV "They like the film a lot, but it's a little too early to tell if they can be involved."
After the jump: does Twilight have some unlikely fans?
So why would a band like Kings of Leon or a certified hipster-saint like Yorke want in on one of the goofiest phenomenons to hit pop culture in a long time? Well, one school of thought is that it's a way to earn fans, like the alt-rock band Paramore, who went from obscurity to best sellers for their contributions to the first film's soundtrack. Or if you want to be cynical about it, maybe Yorke and Kings of Leon are just looking to earn themselves a big fat paycheck -- though something tells me that Kings of Leon and Yorke aren't hurting for the money or the fame, which only leaves me with one horrifying thought: maybe they're just Twi-hards...
New Moon will arrive in theaters on November 20th, 2009, but if you can't wait until then, here are some new photos to hold you over alongside the previously-released photos.