The odds were not in Danny Elfman's favor when it came to scoring 'The Hunger Games.' The iconic composer -- a four-time Oscar nominee responsible for the scores from 'Batman,' 'Good Will Hunting,' 'Spider-man,' 'Men in Black' and the theme from 'The Simpsons' -- has had to leave his post on 'The Hunger Games' because of scheduling conflicts. According to Variety, the split was amicable, owed to Elfman's busy ledger: he's currently working on 'Men in Black III,' 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' and 'Dark Shadows.'

In Elfman's place will be James Newton Howard -- not that 'Hunger Games' fans should think this is a setback. Howard has earned eight Oscar nominations over his career, and is responsible for creating the music to such Hollywood blockbusters as 'I Am Legend,' 'King Kong,' 'Signs,' 'The Sixth Sense,' 'The Fugitive' and 'Prince of Tides.' He also worked with Hans Zimmer on 'Batman Begins' and 'The Dark Knight.'

Howard will collaborate with T Bone Burnett on 'The Hunger Games.' The singer/songwriter -- who previously worked on films like 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' and 'Crazy Heart' -- is acting as the film's executive music producer.

'The Hunger Games' is in theaters on March 23. Who else can't wait to have their heartbroken by listening to Rue's song?

[via Variety]

[Photo: Lionsgate]

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