Linkin Park is Scoring Transformers 2 with Hans Zimmer?!
by Alex Billington
April 26, 2009
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!