Scoring The Walker? Oh, man.So, whom do I talk to about scoring Paul Schrader's new follow-up to American Gigolo? How much fun would that be? Paul wrote American Gigolo (as well as Raging Bull, Auto Focus, and Taxi Driver) and he's announced casting for "The Walker" where he'll be riffing on his Gigolo character, or someone similar to him, and what he might be doing at age 50.
The obvious suggestion: Keep the disco beat but make it a bit sour or disguise it by keeping its pulse but moving the instrumentation. It's set in D.C. - must be hard to resist having someone like Kingpin Slim update Blondie's "Rapture". Making a go-go remake would be too easy, wouldn't it? Also, a bit anachronistic.
Paul quipped a great and grisly quote when asked by Terry Gross about making movies:
"...the film critic is like a medical examiner. He gets the cadaver on a table, he opens it up and tries to figure out how it lived or why it died. The filmmaker is lke a pregnant mother who is just simply trying to nourish this thing, and trying to make sure that it is not stillborn. You have to keep the medical examiner out of the delivery room, because he will get in there and he will kill that baby."