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When it comes to composers, the legendary John Williams is one of the most distinguished names in the movie business. His work creating the classic music of franchises like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Jurassic Park have stood the test of time and are to this day very easy to hum along to. Needless to say Williams’ music is influential, and he continues to put his talents to use, most recently set to return to the Star Wars saga to score the upcoming Episode VII in 2015.
Influence from a guy like Williams can definitely rub off onto modern-day composers. Michael Giacchino, for example, who has created several memorable scores over the past decade, with his score of the Disney/Pixar film Up winning him both an Oscar and a Grammy. His other scores have included three other Pixar films (The Incredibles, Ratatouille & Cars 2), Mission: Impossible 3 & 4, as well as J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness.
Now, it has been confirmed that Giacchino will use his talents to help reimagine Williams’ classic Jurassic Park score in the upcoming sequel Jurassic World. This won’t be the first time that Giacchino has incorporated his own talent into previously-established franchises. His work on the previously-mentioned Star Trek and Mission: Impossible sagas brought music that was both fresh and familiar to their previous installments.
Here’s what he had to say (enthusiastically) about his new project:
“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.”
The choice isn’t a huge surprise, since Giacchino has been banging out several films over the past few years, including the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Hey, another franchise!), and the fact that John Williams will be tied up scoring Star Wars: Episode VII.
What do you think about Michael Giacchino scoring Jurassic World? Does Giacchino have the goods to write music to accompany roaring dinosaurs? See for yourself when the movie hits theaters on June 12th, 2015.
Written by Josh Sazin on 5/12/14