With Matt Reeves currently filming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, it’s time to fill in the post-production team. First and foremost, Reeves went back to his roots and got himself a composer named Michael Giacchino. You may have heard of the Oscar winner, who previously worked with Reeves on an underrated track for Cloverfield, as well as on Let Me In. Since the pair already have a relationship, it’s not exactly a surprise they’re working together once again. The welcome surprise is we’ll get to hear Giacchino’s spin on another storied franchise. Read More »
Please Recommend /Film on Facebook
Briefly: Earlier this year, we reported James Horner would be scoring Gavin Hood‘s sci-fi adaptation, Ender’s Game. Turns out, that isn’t true. Steve Jablonsky, the composer behind the Transformers films as well as Pain & Gain, has the gig. The trailer for Ender’s Game is out now and it opens November 1. [Ender News via FS.net]
Producer/director J.J. Abrams and film composer Michael Giacchino have often worked together over the years, but for Abrams’ next film it looks like he’ll be working with another influential composer. After the promotion period for Star Trek Into Darkness ends, Abrams will begin work on Star Wars: Episode VII in earnest, and at this point it would be odd for a Star Wars film to be scored by anyone other than John Williams.
And while having a new composer tackle the new Star Wars chapter would be another good way to push the series in a new direction, Abrams said recently that he expects to work with Williams on the film. Read More »
Amazon is currently taking pre-orders for Hans Zimmer‘s Man of Steel score, but they won’t make you order it blind. They have samples of all 18 tracks on the soundtrack, which will be released on June 11, three days before Zack Snyder‘s film hits theaters. You already heard a bit of the score in that epic new trailer but, below, you can hear a bunch more. Read More »
Mondo, best known for being the limited edition poster boutique of the Alamo Drafthouse, is well on its way to becoming a big limited edition vinyl boutique as well. It has only released a handful of scores so far, but more are coming and each has been more beautiful than the last. The biggest release so far was last month’s Drive release with hot pink vinyl and artwork by Tyler Stout.
Next up is their first new release, the score for Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion. Much like Kosinski did with his first film, Tron: Legacy, he employed a very talented, but very non-traditional composer for his sci-fi film: Anthony Gonzalez of M83. Gonzalez, along with Joseph Trapanese (who worked on Legacy, The Raid: Redemption and more) has created a unique, exciting and pulse-pumping score combining electronics and orchestra. It’s score that you’ll soon be able to pick up on vinyl the gorgeous artwork of Killian Eng thanks to Mondo. Check it out below. Read More »
For Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel, composer Hans Zimmer an unenviable task. Unlike in 2006′s Superman Returns where composer John Ottman was able to use John Williams‘ iconic 1978 Superman theme, Snyder preferred to distance his film from all of the previous Superman films. That meant Zimmer was tasked with writing music that would work to inspire in the context of the new film, but also wouldn’t be totally overshadowed by Williams.
Like I said, unenviable.
The Oscar-winning composer behind Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Dark Knight spoke to CNN about this new score. He explained he was inspired by middle America, that Christopher Nolan provided some input, and that the score features an A-List drum line of celebrities. Read about that and more below. Read More »
The first track released from the Oblivion score, crafted by Anthony Gonzalez of M83 and Joseph Trapanese, was a big layered cake of swelling synth sounds powered by a slow but rising drum beat. The new track is the title tune, which will likely play over the end credits. Like that first track, it features Norwegian singer Susanne Sundfør, and is a more upbeat track right off the bat.
This one doesn’t do as much for me, as has the tenor of a lot of end credit songs that are tailored to be broadly appealing. Your mileage may vary, however, so have a listen below — it’ll send a lot of people dancing out of the theater, at the very least, and Sundfør’s voice is quite pretty.
Along with that tune, we’ve a new featurette, on the film’s Sky Towers. (We’ve also embedded one on the Bubble Ship that we hadn’t highlighted before, just to give you more from Joseph Kosinski‘s new film.) Read More »
Cool Posts From Around the Web:
Thomas Newman has worked with Pixar a couple times in the past on little films like Wall-E and Finding Nemo, and now he’s going to work with the animation giants once more. The film is The Good Dinosaur, which pixar has been developing for the past few years. The composer recently stated that The Good Dinosaur will be his next film, and we’ve got a few details below. Read More »