Soundtrack Bits: Listen To a Track From M83’s ‘Oblivion’ Score, Michael Giacchino Reunitings With Wachowskis For ‘Jupiter Ascending’
Posted on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 by Russ Fischer
Universal recently revealed that plans to open Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion early in IMAX theaters has been scuttled, but other plans for the movie are going forward at full speed. Anthony Gonzalez of the electronic/dance band M83 has been recording the score for the film with Joseph Trapanese, and the first track from that effort is now online. Check it out below, and you’ll find that the feeling conveyed by the track is just as big and sweeping as you’d hope.
In addition, we’ve got news of the composer Michael Giacchino working again with Andy and Lana Wachowski. This time he’ll be scoring their new film, Jupiter Ascending.
Here’s the M83 track, ‘StarWaves,’ which premiered on Rolling Stone. The full soundtrack, the cover to which is seen above, will be released on April 9. It features a collaboration with Norwegian singer Susanne Sundfør.
Oblivion opens on April 19 in regular and IMAX theaters.
Tom Cruise stars in Oblivion, an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the director of TRON: Legacy and the producer of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind. Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete. Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.
And then there’s Giacchino’s reunion with the Wachowskis, which follows up on his work for their film Speed Racer. With scores for films including Lost, Star Trek, The Incredibles and Up, Giacchino has become one of the most popular and flexible film/TV composers working today. His contribution to Jupiter Ascending will likely end up being one of the film’s aspects audiences anticipate most.
Update: There’s one more bit to mention, which is that Alexandre Desplat will score George Clooney‘s new film Monuments Men. The film also features Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and John Goodman. The movie is shooting through early summer, and has a planned December 18 release date.
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