Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell has composed the title track for an upcoming movie called The Promise, according to the Toronto Sun. The film, a love triangle drama set against the Armenian genocide, stars Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale and French-Canadian actress Charlotte Le Bon. It premiered this week at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Cornell discussed his approach to writing songs for movies at the film's premiere, saying, "I’ve done enough of them now. I know there’s going to be difficult moments and there will be some moments where everything seems to come together . And then I realize ‘That was awful,’ and I’ll start over from scratch. You know the problem I run into the most is, ‘Am I the right guy for this? Is there a different guy who could tell this story better? And then I get the determination."
- Cornell's most high-profile musical contribution to a movie was "You Know My Name," his theme to the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale. Cornell told us at the time that he was initially surprised to even land the gig: "Normally with something like that, with a movie that big, they just go for a person that's, like, an international superstar at the time and it's sort of more of a convenient marketing thing. And with me, that's obviously not the case. You know, I do well here as a singer in a rock band, but not an international superstar. I'm not the next Madonna."
- Other films that Cornell has contributed songs or title themes to have included Great Expectations, Machine Gun Preacher and 12 Years A Slave.
- Cornell is getting ready for a tour with Temple Of The Dog, the legendary Seattle supergroup featuring members of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. The five-city trek begins on November 4th in Philadelphia.
- The outfit is hitting the road to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its self-titled 1991 album. A deluxe reissue of the disc arrives on September 30th.