It's been a while since Jon Bon Jovi wrote any songs for movie soundtracks -- the last time he did it was back in 1990, when he penned "Blaze of Glory" for Young Guns II. But now the Bon Jovi frontman in back in the game, with not one but two songs in a new Al Pacino movie.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Jon wrote the tunes for Stand Up Guys, a film that also stars Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin. Due in theaters January 11, it's about a recently sprung convict who relives his glory days with two of his former criminal buddies. Unfortunately, one of those buddies has been ordered to whack him.
Explaining why he's returned to soundtrack work, the singer told the Tribune, "I sort of forgot that I knew how to do it. I was writing a lot and getting ready for the [Bon Jovi] record and said to my manager, 'If there are any great scripts out there...’"
Jon adds that he wrote the end title song for the film, and another one that's "a big part of the movie." Noting that there aren't that many original soundtrack songs these days that become big hits, Jon told the Tribune, "I’m here to relight that fire.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the end credit song is "Old Habits Die Hard," while the other, which plays during a key dramatic scene, is called "Not Running Anymore."
Before January, the film will screen briefly in New York and Los Angeles so it will be eligible for Oscar nominations, which means that Jon's compositions may have a shot at being nominated in the Best Original Song category.
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