Michael Giacchino Returning to Score JJ's 'Star Trek 2', Out May 2013
Engage! While this isn't anything less than expected, it's great to hear confirmation nonetheless. Whenever I get to write about composer news, I always turn on some of their recent work, and this time I'm more than happy to fire up the score for J.J. Abrams' Star Trek, one of my favorites. ComingSoon spoke with composer Michael Giacchino recently, who has a full slate between Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol, "Alcatraz" and Andrew Stanton's John Carter coming up, and he confirmed "yes, I'll be back" to score J.J.'s untitled Star Trek sequel, which starts shooting in January. "I'll be there just as soon as they finish it," he stated.
Giacchino is one of my favorite composers working today, I love his work. He won a well-deserved Oscar in 2010 for Pixar's Up, and has worked on everything from Let Me In to Prep & Landing to Disneyland's Star Tours to Pixar's La Luna short and even Jonathan Levine's comedy 50/50 just recently. "Right now I'm not looking at anything" after Ghost Protocol and John Carter, Giacchino says, referring to how incredibly busy he's been this year. "I'm just going to go into my closet and shut the door for months." And just when it's time to come out and see the world again, J.J. might just be wrapping up shooting on the new movie as well. This is already one of my most anticipated upcoming sequels, and we don't even know what it's about at all!
Update: In addition to this Giacchino news, Deadline is reporting that Star Trek 2 is now officially set for release on May 17th, 2013, an early summer release slot a few years away. They also say that it will be in 3D, which isn't surprising to hear. However, besides these additional updates, there isn't anything else new that Deadline provides on this sequel in the works. Either way, I can't wait! And I have a feeling traveling in space in 3D is going to look amazing, especially if Abrams' picks up any notes from Martin Scorsese's Hugo.
Editor's Note: Yes that's an old photo of J.J. working with Giacchino, originally from ScoringSessions.com.