By JP Chapman | March 6, 2009
Daft Punk, the French electronica duo known for their robot personas, have been tapped by Walt Disney Pictures to compose the score for “TR2N”, an update of the studio’s 1982 science fiction classic “Tron”, Billboard has confirmed.
The film, currently in production, is tentatively scheduled for a 2011 release.
The “TR2N” score marks Daft Punk’s first foray into the studio since 2005’s “Human After All.” After an extended hiatus, the duo reemerged in 2007 for an extensive world tour, spawning the Grammy-wining live set “Alive 2007.” The group’s 2001 track “Harder Better Faster Stronger” was adapted by Kanye West for his single “Stronger,” and the pair appeared on the 2008 Grammy Awards with the rapper.
The musicians, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter split their time between Paris and Los Angeles, where they have have assembled a new recording studio for the TR2N project.
Daft Punk have worked in film before, most notably as directors of their feature “Electroma,” although that film used none of the group’s own music. As Banglater explained to Billboard in 2007 about the pair’s next musical project, “The cool thing is that we’re always trying to do something that hasn’t been done, or ultimately, that we aren’t doing ourselves yet. It is challenging to get back in the studio and work with ideas we haven’t expressed before. Some ideas take time, but some just take a few weeks, so we’ll see.”
The original film, which pioneered the use of computer graphics, was scored by Wendy Carlos, an electronic musician and composer whose “Switched on Bach” album was one of the first to highlight the Moog synthesizer as a musical instrument.