Sigur Ros’ Jonsi (& Alex) to Score ‘Manhattan’ TV Show
Couple to follow-up Icelandic icon's score for 2011's 'We Bought a Zoo'
Sigur Rós leader Jónsi and his Riceboy Sleeps partner, boyfriend Alex Somers, will score a forthcoming television series about the Manhattan Project dubbed, naturally, Manhattan. As The Hollywood Reporter explains, the show will launch in July on the newly relaunched WGN Network, and will be directed by Thomas Schlamme of West Wing fame. John Benjamin Hickey, Olivia Williams, and Daniel Stern will star in the ’40s period piece.
Jón(si) Birgisson previously scored Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo in 2011. And not for nothing, Sigur Rós actually soundtracked an the season finale of The Simpsons last year. Near the release of Kveikur, SPIN spoke with Jónsi about his work wedding music to moving pictures:
“It’s very different from writing a Sigur Rós song,” he said, “because you have to think about other things. You have to think about dialogue and effects, and the whole movie. It’s very different songwriting from your own song, where you’re not thinking about anything else but yourself.”