Oscar Winner Michael Giacchino Scoring John Carter of Mars
by Alex Billington
March 11, 2010
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?