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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.
Interestingly enough, signing Giacchino on to the project brings his career around full circle. Said the composer in an official statement, according to The Wrap:
"My first stop-motion movies at 9-years-old involved stories where dinosaurs and men were trapped together on long-lost islands or far away planets. My first composing job was to write the score for the Steven Spielberg-produced video game based on the film The Lost World, which was one of the earliest console video games to feature an original orchestral score. Having the chance to work on this new movie with the talented director Colin Trevorrow is an incredible opportunity to bring full circle the journey of dinosaurs and film that started in my backyard over 30 years ago."
While you may not know Michael Giacchino's name, it is virtually impossible that you're unfamiliar with his work if you're a regular movie-goer. In addition to scoring multiple films for Pixar (his music for Up winning the Best Original Score Academy Award), he has also worked on big blockbusters like Star Trek, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Super 8 and John Carter (the first two providing ample opportunity to add his own flavor to familiar themes). His upcoming slate includes Shawn Levy's This Is Where I Leave You, Matt Reeves' Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the Wachowski siblings' Jupiter Ascending and Brad Bird's Tomorrowland. I recommend listening to one of his best pieces - "Married Life" from Up - as you read the rest of the article:
Said Colin Trevorrow in a statement about the hiring,
“Michael Giacchino is a fiercely creative musical mind and a true Jurassic Park fan. While this new score will honor the indelible work of John Williams, our mission is the same as the film itself–to create something bold and new for people who love dinosaurs,”
Giacchino is easily one of the best modern film composers out there, and I can't wait to see what he can do with the epicness that is Jurassic World. The blockbuster, which has a cast that features Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Judy Greer, Jake Johnson, Vincent D'Onofrio and Omar Sy, is currently in production and will be in theaters on June 12, 2015.