Mann Responds To “Blackhat” Complaint

One of the unexpected controversies this week was that Harry Gregson-Williams, one of the credited composers on “Blackhat,” took the Michael Mann-directed cyber-thriller to task.

The composer had worked on the score of the film for several months, and was aware Mann had hired others before and after his work. Yet in a Facebook posting earlier this week, one which has since been deleted, he reportedly expressed shock and displeasure that the final film “contains almost none of my compositions… I was not the author of most of what is now in the movie.”

Variety got in touch with Mann about the posting and here’s his response: “Harry’s a talented composer whose music needed editing and remixing to fit the very contemporary subject and ambitions of my picture. He was one of (several) composers who contributed to the score – along with Atticus and Leo Ross, Ryan Amon and Mike Dean. It would have been preferable to me, too, if the delivered music could have been used as it was.”

Later on, a spokesperson for Mann also added: “Michael Mann is responsible for some of the most influential use of music in cinema and TV from ‘Last of the Mohicans,’ ‘Miami Vice,’ ‘Thief,’ ‘Insider,’ ‘Heat,’ ‘Collateral’ and ‘Public Enemies.’ Many times he uses multiple sources and commissions individual themes. ‘Manhunter’ and ‘Collateral’ are examples. He doesn’t plan to change his methodology.”

“Blackhat,” which opens in cinemas today, has been receiving poor reviews and is headed towards a modest opening according to projections.