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Linkin Park is Scoring Transformers 2 with Hans Zimmer?!

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April 26, 2009

Linkin Park in Studio - Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

One of my own favorite rock songs of 2007 was actually Linkin Park's "What I've Done", which was the theme song for Transformers. It went over well for everyone involved, so Michael Bay has of course turned to Linkin Park again to write another song for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, but is that all they're doing? A news break on singer Mike Shinoda's official blog announces that Linkin Park has not only been working on a song, but that song is being used as one of the themes, which is going to be part of the score for the film. Additionally, he mentions that he's been working with none other than Hans Zimmer.

Here's the odd thing… Over on IMDb, they still list Steve Jablonsky as the composer. Jablonsky composed the entire score (which I actually quite liked) for the first Transformers, and it would make sense that he's back for the sequel. However, Shinoda specifically says on his blog that they're "working with award-winning film composer (and resident ass-kicker) Hans Zimmer. We met with Hans last week, and heard some of the incredible things he and his guys have done with our new song. In the next few days, we'll be doing some work with Hans' amazing writing and recording crew." Could we be reading into this too much?

Shinoda also adds: "The song we wrote is being used as one of the themes, and we will be writing various interpolations on that theme, and trying out some other thematic ideas as part of the (very large) team scoring the film." The official soundtrack for the first Transformers featured some 12 different bands, and a separate album featured Jablonsky's score. Obviously they've probably got a whole lot musical talent coming together for Transformers 2, and I sadly don't really think Zimmer is doing much besides working on Linkin Park's song and subsequent theme. I've sent an email to Zimmer's publicist to find out more, so stay tuned!

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  • Voice of Reason
    I don't wanna close my eyes. I don't wanna fall asleep because Linkin Park blows, baby & Michael Bay can't direct a thiiiiiiiing...
  • C Dot
    Zimmer is my favorite film composer and Linkin Park is one of my favorite rock bands. Added to the equation of Transformers 1 being one of my favorite movies and the high level of anticipated movies of 09 this news really excites me hahaha
  • Tom W
    nice i love linkin park
  • Curtis
    I really liked What Ive done and looking forward to what Linkin Park and Hans Zimmer come up with to top that.
  • real talk
    wow linkin park is no longer relevant to contemporary music michael bay is a philistine. it's a shame that he keeps subjecting fans of transformers to his poor taste
  • Sigh
    You do realize Steve Jablonsky is part of Hans Zimmers team, Media Ventures right? Research is everything my friend.
  • Kail
    Linkin Park honestly have gone downhill since their first album Hybrid Theory - GREAT Re-Animation - Pretty good Meteora - Good Linkin Park/Jay Z Collision Course - WTF but okay I guess Minutes to Midnight - Sucks Hard Unless they go back to Hybrid Theory and try to recreate the feel of that album, anything else they'll do will forever suck. And Mike Shinoda is a personal hero of mine, for the record.
  • #7 - Just because he's part of Zimmer's team doesn't mean that Zimmer is instantly working on every project that Jablonsky is? I'm happy to know that Zimmer had some involvement in the score for this. I love his work, and it's news to me to know that he's doing something. Like I said, just because they're on the same team doesn't mean anything...
  • Fisherr
    Agree with Alex,Hans Zimmer or Steve Jablonsky involvement with the project is something great and i don't think that if Zimmer is invloved with a project then Jablonsky is involved. Although i would love to see both together composing the OST for this movie.
  • Holy crap is that going to be awesome!
  • Oly
    Zimmer was involved in the first film but Jablonsky got all the credit. Zimmer is involved in this one and boy, let me tell you, Zimmer on the score can only be a good thing. His score for the Dark Knight with Newton Howard, won dozens of awards including the grammy for best Score. Pause for a second and remember the Joker music...And let's not forget other memorable scores like The Lion King and Da Vinci Code. Linkin Park are vanguards of rock and are leading that genre in the right direction on every album. for those who feel they are getting worse with each record should move on and live in the present. What is the sound for 2009? Hans, LP and Jablonsky are going to rock the house so get ready. Revenge is Coming.
  • JoeG
    #1 yo... i bet you're not gonna watch Transformers 2 , right? well.. good for you, baby cause i know I'm going enjoy the movie. It's gonna kick ass. I was wondering.. you don't like Michael Bay, but you watch Armageddon anyway. Hahahaha....There's at least 10 thousands movies out there, but you still watch Michael Bay's movie. Sigh.. So Michael's movie is that great huh?
  • ?????
    Linkin Park and Hans Zimmer? An interesting combo no?
  • ugh, yea, Zimmer had some involvement in the first movie too. #6 is right, research is everything.
  • pj
    Scoring? they don't have a score already? This is kinda last minute in my opinion.
  • Jablonsky's score for Transformers was very special and thoroughly enjoyable. I thought the marriage of Scorponok and Bay's action scene was one of the best marriages of soundtrack and visuals that I've seen in a long time.
  • SuicidalOptimist
    LOL @ Linkin Park I have been a huuuge fan back in 2001 when I first saw them live. Hybrid Theory was amazing, and the band had such potential... Reanimation has some really sweet remixes, and I even liked Meteora, even tho a lot of people already started turning their back on LP at that point. Teen angst lyrics are only appealing for so long. =P When they took this effing long break to work on another album, I was actually hoping they'd come back sounding harder and heavier than ever, I always thought Chester had a great metal voice. But Minutes To Midnight was the worst shit I've ever heard. Now they sound like every other mediocre emo douchebag rock band, generic. Oh well, heroes of my youth...they've all come and gone. Moving on.
  • I rather liked Jablonsky's score for the first film. I hope the partnership between Linkin Park and Zimmer on elements of the theme are just that and nothing more. Either way, with Jablonsky's score or a Linkin score with Zimmer's help. I'm sure the soundtrack to the film will be great.
  • Darrin
    im down with it
  • D
    Blah, I cant stand Linkin Park. They are boring and over rated. Maybe if there are no vocals it might be ok.
  • zetsu
    i think i only liked one linkin park song & i can't remember the fucking title,so i don't rate them very highly.but i can't wait for transformers 2 revenge of the fallen it will kick the shit out of all the other summer films.
  • SHANEDAV
    Thats one song I will want of the soundtrack........................................
  • Eduardo
    man i'm excited Linkin Park are awesome and person above who thought the Jayz linkin park collaboration was just meh I don't agree as I thought it was really awesome!
  • Ramon M.
    I just want one song to be in the movie. The Touch.
  • Ryderup
    Don't Like Linkin Park at alll. But they did open up for Pearl jam in Poland so I ahve to respect them somehow :)
  • Brian
    Awesome!
  • E from Denver
    Man, I was, like, 80% sure I wanted to see this movie. Now I am only like 40% sure.

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