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Alexandre Desplat to Score Gareth Edwards' 2014 Return of Godzilla

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August 30, 2013
Source: Film Music Reporter

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Well this is an interesting choice. Legendary has announced (via FSM Board) that prolific French composer Alexandre Desplat will be scoring the upcoming Godzilla movie directed by Gareth Edwards due out next summer. The movie got its first big marketing push at Comic-Con this year, though we're still waiting for the first official teaser to be released. Desplat, who has five Oscar nominations (but no win yet), told me when I interviewed him a few years ago that he always wants to do something different every time he scores. Hence why he has such an eclectic filmography, from Tree of Life to Harry Potter to Moonrise Kingdom to Argo.

Desplat explained in 2011 how to say fresh: "The key is not to do twice in a row the same kind of film. And if you look at my filmography, I never do twice... It's rare that in a year I would do several romantic comedies or several thrillers or several action movies, which I don't do much anyway." Now he's got an action movie on his plate, and that's right after Zero Dark Thirty last year and The Monuments Men this year. I'm a big fan of Desplat and all of his work, I think he's one of the best composers working today and this gig hints that Edwards' Godzilla may be a bit more intimate and emotional than we're expecting. I'm excited already.

Godzilla, being directed by Gareth Edwards (of Monsters), comes from a screenplay written by Drew Pearce, Max Borenstein and Frank Darabont. The cast is lead by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, with Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe and Juliette Binoche. An epic rebirth to Toho's iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures will send Godzilla stomping into theaters on May 16th, 2014 next summer. Teaser coming soon.

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  • Tey
    Right up there with Hans. Loved his work for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
  • Chris Groves
    Fantastic news, I'm totally up for this.
  • Linkfx
    Great, loved his work on Zero Dark Thirty as well...thrilling stuff...and definitely the most talented and unpredictable composer of this generation.
  • Nathan Williams
    He is one of my favorite composers. That being said the Original Godzilla soundtrack is still one my favorites to this day. He has a lot to live up to!
  • http://blackiswhiteblog.wordpress.com/ Davide Perretta
    I love that Desplat guy, he is really talented. Definitely one of the best contemporary composers right now!

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