For the original Twilight soundtrack, Muse contributed the bombastic "Supermassive Black Hole." For the indie-heavy New Moon compilation, they offered the whimsical glam-rocker "I Belong to You." Considering their track record, the band was already dishing on their new tune for Eclipse mere days after New Moon gave the world's teens a hormonal imbalance.
But now that that flick's headed to DVD and we're onto Eclipse's proper promo cycle, we caught up with the band's Dominic Howard to ask him how Muse is coming along with their latest song-to-play-vampire-baseball-by.
"Nah, it's gone," Howard tells us -- just a few months after he quipped to MTV: "We might even do something for the third one. How about that for a scoop?"
The news is surprising given the band is pals-y with Eclipse's director, David Slade (he helmed loads of Muse's early videos), and possibly pals-ier with Stephenie Meyer (there's even a photo of lead singer Matthew Bellamy cozying up to Twilight's dark-ish mistress on Muse's official site).
"Oh, it’s nothing to do with Stephenie, she’s totally cool," says Howard, beginning to explain how Muse have potentially broken their Twilight hat-trick. "It’s the people in the movie business, completely outside of the writers and the creative types, the non-creative types I suppose are the people who are quite hard to deal with in Hollywood, so it didn’t work out."
As for the original tune in question, which remains untitled, Howard says it would have fit Eclipse like Edward on Bella -- even though it wasn't directly inspired by the books or movies.
"It was a love song, so it’s a personal song, and it wasn’t really to do with the films. But it was sounding good," he says.
Muse still plans to release it, says Howard, even if you won't hear it on the Eclipse soundtrack. (Maybe you can just play it over the make-out scenes once the flick hits DVD.)
"Yeah, yeah, we sure will [release it]. I mean, it was great. We worked on it in Australia, we were ready to record, we were going to do some recording with Butch Vig, so we might still do it," he says. "I’m sure the song will definitely come to life for real at some point, but I think for this film it’s not going to happen."