A song by the Icelandic band Sigur Rós from the album ( ) (2002) will be used for the two-minute trailer of The Invasion starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, to be released in the US next month.
According to Fréttabladid, Sigur Rós will receive ISK 25 million (USD 419,000, EUR 303,000) for permitting the use of the song, which will not be played in the actual movie.
“They’ll pay us something; it’s always like that,” said band member Georg Hólm. “It depends on the country and the producer. If it’s a small movie from New Zealand we won’t get much, but if it’s a big Hollywood movie we’ll get paid accordingly.”
Hólm said the band is more open for selling their songs for trailers than for full-length movies. “If the song would be in a movie, we’d have to see the scene and read the script. If it’s a trailer it’s not as important, but still important. Every band member has to agree and we need to know who the director is.”
The Invasion is a remake of the science fiction thriller The Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) and features a strange outbreak which changes people’s behavior. It is directed by the German director Oliver Hirchbiegel.
Sigur Rós has earlier permitted the use of their songs for the trailer of Children of Men (2006) and in the movies Vanilla Sky (2001) and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), and many of the band’s songs have been played in the US suspense series CSI.
Sigur Rós is currently working on a new album. “We haven’t started recording to any extent yet. We are just wondering about things and taking our time writing,” said Hólm.