Bruce Springsteen tapped to write original song for ‘The Wrestler’

Posted by · 10:33 am · September 1st, 2008

Bruce SpringsteenAs if I need one more reason to see this film. The Boss? Seriously? Darren Aronofsky is hitting all the right spots with me lately.

Apparently the director has recruited Bruce Springsteen (the greatest live show you’ll ever see, FYI) to pen an original track for “The Wrestler,” a film I’m already dying to see.

Anne Thompson writes:

The company [Wild Bunch] is debuting Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler late in Venice, concurrent with Toronto, because they’re waiting for Bruce Springsteen to finish his song for the movie’s credits.

The fact that it is a closing credits number could hurt it’s Oscar hopes, given that the Academy has shied away from such material since the rule change three years ago. But a good song is a good song, dammit, and Springsteen is incapable of writing a bad one.

Good lord I hope this is picked up in a hurry so I can figure out who to talk to about screenings!

Springsteen won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1993 for “Streets of Philadelphia,” from Jonathan Demme’s “Philadelphia.” He was also nominated in 1995 for the title track to Tim Robbins’s “Dead Man Walking.

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  • 1 9-01-2008 at 11:20 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Awesome. I heard whispers about this last week and put Springsteen in my updated song predictions, but wasn’t sure if it was actually true.

    A song shouldn’t really be relevant, but somehow the Boss’s involvement really seals the promise of this film to me. That and Marisa Tomei, of course.

  • 2 9-01-2008 at 11:33 am

    Mr. F said...

    does anyone know if Clint Mansell wrote the score for this, if it has a score at all?

  • 3 9-01-2008 at 11:36 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Haven’t heard, Mr. F. I’d be ecstatic of course. I’m sure he’s contributing in some fashion. It’ll just serve as a reminder that he was robbed (ROBBED) in 2006.

  • 4 9-01-2008 at 11:50 am

    Mr. F said...

    According to IMDB, he did score it, but you never know with IMDB

  • 5 9-01-2008 at 5:41 pm

    John Foote said...

    Not to nitpick but he did not write “Secret Garden” for ‘Jerry Maguire”, the song existed alreeady on an album and Crowe used it — his song “Streets of Philadelphia” might be the greatest film song of all time — if rock and roll has a God it is The Boss…

  • 6 9-01-2008 at 11:09 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    What album did Secret Garden exist on? I own every Boss album there is…

  • 7 9-01-2008 at 11:11 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Oh, I see. It was written for Human Touch but it was never used on the album. I knew it was on the Greatest Hits collective but I just now discovered that was a 1995 release. I always thought it was a 1996 release.

    Oh well, wasn’t on an album but was written in 2993. Settled.

  • 8 9-01-2008 at 11:19 pm

    Brian Kinsley said...

    Clint Mansell wrote and performed the score with SLASH.

    “The Wrestler” sounds more and more like a great step for Aronofsky. At the very least, it’ll have a great soundtrack.

  • 9 9-02-2008 at 4:39 am

    Glenn said...

    Well, considering they gave Melissa Etheridge (who I love) an Oscar for her terrible song from that earth doco over four far more film-serving and incorporated songs means they haven’t completely given up on credits-only tracks. Of course Springsteen already has an Oscar so add in that factor and, yeah, I can see this missing.

    Nevertheless, he IS god so if they’re gonna break their new rules it would make sense to break it for him.

  • 10 9-02-2008 at 5:10 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    True, Glenn – though I’d venture that ALL the nominated songs that year were pretty terrible.

    As for Springsteen having already won, given that they let Alan Menken win however many times, I don’t think that should count against him.

  • 11 9-03-2008 at 3:00 am

    Glenn said...

    Anyone who begrudges “Under the Sea” the Oscar is a person with a cold dead heart. :)

  • 12 9-03-2008 at 3:34 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Sorry, that came out wrong! I don’t begrudge Under the Sea one iota — I was actually obsessed with it when I was six years old, and The Little Mermaid remains one of my all-time favourite animated films.

    But “Colours of the Wind” … shudder.