Michael Giacchino Returning to Score JJ's 'Star Trek 2', Out May 2013

November 23, 2011
Source: ComingSoon

Michael Giacchino / Star Trek

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

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Reader Feedback - 12 Comments


Well that's half expected with Abrams.

Xerxexx on Nov 23, 2011


Friday May 17th, far away

David Banner on Nov 23, 2011


I know, it's crazy to think about, I'm still anxious to get into 2012 first!

Alex Billington on Nov 24, 2011


- The Orion Syndicate as the villains - Larger all-star cast as well as many cameos including by William Shatner - More planets - Larger space battles with more starships - Kirk having better fighting skills - Kirk having several human love interests played by Hollywood's most beautiful young actresses - No cut scenes - The Star Trek theme music from the Insurrection end credits used at the end

Reigert on Nov 24, 2011


James Fowler? Copy and pasted from

rennmaxbeta on Nov 24, 2011


I hope they include Lady Gaga in the sequel as a singer with dark connections to the villains. With her futuristic music and style, she would fit right in. I’d like to see Kirk, Spock and McCoy go undercover to a techno concert of hers on a distant planet which is raided by many henchmen who have a thunderous phaser fight with them.

Irena Szohr on Nov 24, 2011


After Super 8 I really consider him one of the greats, so this news is most welcome!

Davide Coppola on Nov 24, 2011


More dollars than sense. The 2009 "Trek" was a piece of shit.

rennmaxbeta on Nov 24, 2011


...I'm going to be lambasted for this but I would watch Star Trek over the Star Wars prequels any day. In fact, give me Star Trek over Empire Strikes Back.

Tyler Morgan on Nov 24, 2011


i loved Giacchino's music for Star Trek and i'm very happy that Michael's musical stamp will go boldly forward

paul on Mar 18, 2012


the worst thing about 2009 was its score. utter blasphemy to copy star trek 2 and not use james horners take on jerry goldsmiths music. the best thing about the original 4 movies was the music and worst mistake when they dropped the horner/goldsmith score. the next generation movies sucked as the tv show used horners music yet tngs movies did not (except first contact wich is the only decent alternative scored star trek film i halfway liked). for me star treks 1-4 and first contact and star trek tos, tng and ds9 are it, although i liked some of the cast, 2009 was a little like the micheal baying of star trek.

lenny shots on Jun 21, 2012


goldsmith/horners music was at the end of first contact, goldsmith alternatively scored first contact, my bad.

lenny shots on Jun 21, 2012

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