Oscar Winner Michael Giacchino Scoring John Carter of Mars

March 11, 2010

Michael Giacchino

Fresh off of his well deserved Oscar win for Pixar's Up, composer Michael Giacchino has lined up at least one new project. MovieScore Magazine reports that Giacchino will score Disney's John Carter of Mars being directed by Andrew Stanton. The movie has already been shooting since January in both England and Utah and stars Taylor Kitsch as John Carter as well as Lynn Collins, Mark Strong, Willem Dafoe, Samantha Morton, and Thomas Haden Church. The story takes place on the planet Mars where Civil War veteran John Carter is imprisoned by 12-foot tall green alien creatures, escapes, and encounters the Princess of Helium.

As much as I'd love to refer to Giacchino's beautiful scores for both Ratatouille and Up, I think his score for J.J. Abrams' Star Trek is the best example in this situation. If he can bring that much energy and excitement to the score for John Carter of Mars, I'm sure it'll be at least as great as Trek's. MSM also notes that the two movies Stanton directed, Wall-E and Finding Nemo, were scored by Thomas Newman. I like him too, but I think Giacchino's got the edge here and is a better choice for this movie. Although we probably won't get to hear any of his score for a year, I'm already looking forward to hearing it. Anyone else a Giacchino fan?

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Reader Feedback - 10 Comments


fantastic news. i have never heard a bad score by him. the new star trek score is absolutely perfect, his work on lost is incredible, and even in lesser works (though, I like them) like Mission Impossible III showcase his incredible talent. not to mention Ratatouille.

josh on Mar 11, 2010


UP scores was genius! I'm def. a fan.

dex on Mar 11, 2010


I'm probably the only one, but I find this to be really dissapointing news. If you watch the making of DVD's for WALL-E and Finding Nemo you see how well THomas Newman and Stanton work together. WALL-E was an absolutely incredible score and I saddened they are not working together on Carter.

shadow on Mar 11, 2010


Giacchino composes the score for Lost too so he definitely knows how to build up suspenseful situations.

peloquin on Mar 11, 2010


This was a no brainer, Giacchino and Pixar...of course!

Dan on Mar 11, 2010


Giacchino is a brilliant composer, the score for Lost in fantastic, Star Trek's score was good, and Up's score was great, so yeah this is very good news.

Xerxex on Mar 11, 2010


Giacchino sets the tone of every scene in Lost, the show would be lost without him. Perfect man for the job!

carlos on Mar 11, 2010


Giacchino is without doubt my favourite composer. It'll be nice to see him start work on a cinematic series, seeing how he developes his themes (he did so well with Lost). #3, you're not the only one. Thomas Newman and Andrew Stanton worked well together, but if someone was going to take his place, I'm glad it was Giacchino.

Mark on Mar 11, 2010


Giacchino's work outside of television and animation has generally been lackluster. It'll be interesting to see how this goes.

SlashBeast on Mar 14, 2010


Im keen for what they have up their sleeves for the next movie.

Shy Bladder Paruresis on Sep 30, 2010

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