Michael Giacchino is one of the best composers in the modern age of the film business, partially because of his ability to understand the work of his predecessors and adapt them to a new, yet unique context. He's also a success because he's so damned busy, with two films this year and four for next year all containing a musical score penned by him. One of this year's selections is the upcoming blockbuster Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, set for release on July 11th.
While the themes of legendary composer John Williams will be returning to highlight scenes of wonder in Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World, it will be another genius, Oscar-winning composer who will actually be writing the full score. It's a fairly monumental task, but Universal Pictures has definitely found the man to do it, as new reports have surfaced saying that Michael Giacchino has just signed a deal that will have him providing new music for the next chapter of the dinosaur-filled franchise.
They’re not exactly Steven Spielberg and John Williams, but composer Michael Giacchino has a deep and lasting professional relationship with Brad Bird, so it’s very little surprise that he’ll be doing the music for the director’s next feature, Tomorrowland.
Not that we should be surprised. Giacchino did Matt Reeves’ Let Me In remake back in 2010. And the two run in the J.J. Abrams “professional circle,” often collaborating on projects that fall under the Bad Robot banner.
In the interview portion, Giacchino gamely shares with listeners how he researched for Star Trek into Darkness, what it was like on the set of the film, why he is in awe of Benedict Cumberbatch, and what inspirations he pulled from the original Star Trek series. You can listen to it all out below.
Composer Michael Giacchino is no stranger to the sci-fi genre. Over the course of his long career he has done the music for J.J. Abrams' Star Trek, John Carter, Super 8, and the television show Fringe. And now he's ready to add another project to his docket.
In all the endless speculation and debating we've been doing about future Star Wars movies since Disney bought Lucasfilm last fall, one of the most satisfying and hard to solve has been this: Who should score the new films, John Williams or Michael Giacchino? Williams, of course, is the original composer of the iconic Star Wars theme
Though Giacchino worked on Up, Ratatouille and The Incredibles for the animation giants, he oddly did not collaborate with Stanton in any official capacity on Finding Nemo or WALL-E. So for that reason, alone, we’re looking forward to John Carter, an adaptation of the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs novel which transports a Civil War hero (Taylor Kitsch) to the red planet where he’s caught up in an intergalactic battle.
There are a few faces you'll recognize in there, but they're not quite where you'd expect them. That's not Giacchino standing up on the director's podium but Bird, who's apparently taking his directing duties to the point of guiding the orchestra. Giacchino can be seen smiling behind him in the white shirt
An Oscar winner for his work on the score for Up, Giacchino’s next film is Cars 2 and I was lucky enough to speak with him at the Pixar Compound in Emeryville, CA. Check out the interview in which the composer talks about his approach to the sequel, working with director John Lassetter, and the possibility of joining the elite ranks of EGOT winners.
If you’re not yet familiar with composer Michael Giacchino, you should be. Having just won the Oscar for his work on the score for Pixar’s Up, the New Jersey native is working seemingly non-stop on project after project
If there's one thing we can agree on in the divisive world of entertainment, it's that Michael Giacchino is a god. I mean, seriously: in 2009 alone the guy wrote the scores for Star Trek and Up
Though Michael Giacchino has done some of his best work as a composer for Pixar, and in fact won an Oscar on Sunday for Up, he's never worked with Pixar stalwart Andrew Stanton