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Guillermo del Toro Loses His ‘Nightmare Alley’ Composer

Nightmare Alley
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COVID-19 was not kind to production scheduling for Guillermo del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley” but now it’s caused another issue. Due to a scheduling conflict, Alexandre Desplat will no longer compose an original score for the film.

The two-time Oscar winner will no doubt receive praise for his work on the latest from Wes Anderson (“The French Dispatch“). Though it would’ve been awesome to see him and this director collaborate again, Desplat and del Toro were unable to meet to work on their score.

Alas! Not all hope is lost, as Nathan Johnson (“Knives Out“) will now score “Nightmare Alley.”

The change will definitely take the film in an another direction but the mystery-thriller genre is one he’s familiar with, so hopefully “Nightmare Alley” is still in good hands. There’s no bad blood between del Toro and Desplat. They’re still collaborating on the upcoming “Pinocchio.”

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Following in Desplat’s footsteps may seem intimidating for Johnson, but hopefully he’ll give the veteran a run for his money! “Nightmare Alley” will release in theaters December 17, 2021.