Radiohead’s Thom Yorke once turned down the chance to create the ‘Fight Club’ soundtrack
In another rock and roll tale of what could have been, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke once turned down the opportunity to create the score cult film Fight Club.
The picture, which was directed by David Fincher and starred the likes of Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter and Jared Leto, went to achieve critical acclaim and is now regarded by many as one of the greatest films of the 1990s and of all time.
“A depressed man (Edward Norton) suffering from insomnia meets a strange soap salesman named Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) and soon finds himself living in his squalid house after his perfect apartment is destroyed,” the official film synopsis reads. “The two bored men form an underground club with strict rules and fight other men who are fed up with their mundane lives. Their perfect partnership frays when Marla (Helena Bonham Carter), a fellow support group crasher, attracts Tyler’s attention.”
Fight Club premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in 1999, the very same location that held the world premiere of Luca Guadagnino’s horror remake Suspiria — the film that marked Yorke’s first attempts at writing a film score.
While Suspiria marked the new direction for Yorke, it isn’t the first time he had been approached to create a soundtrack. Sitting down with BBC 6 Music upon the day he released his new song ‘Has Ended’, Yorke discussed his past opportunities: “Things sort of come into my office, but they haven’t really got to me,” Yorke said.
“The one I remember is one from years ago after we’d finished ‘OK Computer’ and I was completely gaga,” he continued.
“They asked me to do Fight Club. They sent me the script and Ed and Brad Pitt wrote to me and said ‘We really think you should do this’. I went ‘Nah, I can’t’. I couldn’t. I wouldn’t have been able to do it then, but every time I see the film I go ‘Oh…’.”