Howard Shore signs on for The Hobbit April 2, 2008 In the futuristic action-thriller “Repo Men,” humans have extended and improved our lives through highly sophisticated and expensive mechanical organs created by a company called The Union. The dark side of these medical breakthroughs is that if you don’t pay your bill, The Union sends its highly skilled repo men to take back its property — with no concern for your comfort or survival. Remy is one of the best organ repo men in the business. But, when he suffers a cardiac failure on the job, he awakens to find himself fitted with the company’s top-of-the-line heart-replacement — as well as a hefty debt. When he can’t make the payments, The Union sends its toughest enforcer, Remy’s former partner Jake, to track him down. Howard Shore has confirmed he will return to the Lord of the Rings franchise to compose the score for its Hobbit prequels. According to Ain’t It Cool News, Shore told an audience attending a live performance of the Lord of the Rings soundtrack that he would be involved with the new films. Shore and Jackson had a disagreement over the score for King Kong, with the composer eventually being replaced by James Newton Howard. Guillermo del Toro is currently attached to direct the two prequels with Jackson acting as executive producer. TIDBIT: In 2004, a new rule for the Academy Awards that disallowed film scores which contained work from previous films resulted in Howard’s score to The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers being ineligible for submission to the Academy. The new rule proved very unpopular and had it been present in years past, would have invalidated many other sequels winning performances, including the “Star Wars” sequels. Because of the debacle, the Academy returned to its original position for future years’ films.