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Composer News: Giacchino Lands 'Jupiter Ascending', Desplat on 'The Monuments Men'

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March 6, 2013
Source: Film Music Reporter

Michael Giacchino

Whoa. Some big news to report on two outstanding composers and two of our highly anticipated upcoming movies. First up, it has been confirmed that French composer Alexandre Desplat (coming off of Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, Rust & Bone, Moonrise Kingdom) will be scoring George Clooney's The Monuments Men. As our own Ethan already pointed out, if this isn't a sign that the film is a 2014 Oscar heavyweight, then I don't know what is. Secondly, one of our other favorite composers, Michael Giacchino, has secured another big sci-fi scoring job after he finishes work on J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness this summer.

It's Film Music Reporter (via The Film Stage) that is reporting Giacchino will be scoring the Wachowskis' new sci-fi Jupiter Ascending. Uh, hell yes this news is totally awesome! To me, this seems like Giacchino might've recognized he won't be doing Star Wars with Abrams (since John Williams is probably coming back) and decided to take the offer on other big sci-fi projects like Jupiter Ascending. Giacchino did work with the Wachowskis on the Speed Racer score, one of my favorites as well (I even own a copy), and I've got a feeling Jupiter Ascending is going to be insanely epic, though we have no idea. Clooney's The Monuments Men arrives in theaters December 2013, while the Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending is scheduled for 2014.

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  • http://twitter.com/DavidKleinSucks David Klein
    ...before moving on to score Episode VII. Hopefully.
    • http://www.facebook.com/chris.groves.507 Chris Groves
      Giacchino would be a perfectly amazing composer for Episode 7, but John Williams absolutely is my #1 choice. To have Williams be the composer of all 9 films, the 'trilogy of trilogies' will be something truly special. His scores were one of the few things about the prequels that exceeded expectations, in my opinion.
      • http://twitter.com/DavidKleinSucks David Klein
        Not to jinx anything, but the man's 81. Assuming the "official" saga even ends with nine films, there's a strong chance he won't live to see all three anyway. Williams has had his turn. Six of them, actually, contributing amazing, iconic music. Just like Lucas handing off the director's chair, it's somebody else's turn.
        • http://www.facebook.com/chris.groves.507 Chris Groves
          I disagree. Lucas didn't direct all 6 films, Williams DID compose all 6 films. Lucas is essentially retired, Wiliams isn't. That's like saying 'Ford, Fisher, and Hamill had their turns, it's somebody else's turn'...
          • shadypotential
            john has said he is semi retired and will only do Spielberg's movies
          • http://www.facebook.com/chris.groves.507 Chris Groves
            And he also said, very recently, that he would like to/be up to scoring the new Star Wars films...google it.
          • shadypotential
            yeah because he thinks Lucas is still directing them lmao. you read what he said? he thinks lucas is involved. hes that old. hes clueless
          • http://www.facebook.com/chris.groves.507 Chris Groves
            okay then, we'll see who gets announced as Composer. They want to make sure that there is nothing to drum up fan hatred for these new films. That's why they are making sure the original 3 stars return, and they'll try as hard as they can to get Williams to return. He's interested, whether he is under the impression that George is doing them or not, he's interested. "The deal is established in principle, now it would just be a matter of haggling over price."
          • shadypotential
            You are just assuming. we will see what happens.
          • http://www.facebook.com/chris.groves.507 Chris Groves
            Yep, and I don't have a problem being wrong either.
          • shadypotential
            well i have a problem with you being wrong. it hurts me heart b
          • http://twitter.com/DavidKleinSucks David Klein
            John Williams is the creator of six film scores, but his themes and motifs have *already* been re-purposed and re-arranged in dozens of iterations across LucasFilm's limitless platforms and merchandise -- and they'll continue to be. Your argument strikes me as advocating for a creative monopoly by one man through virtue of past precedent. I could list any number of dangerous arguments throughout history that express a similarity to "Well, because that's the way it's always been." That isn't good enough.
          • http://www.facebook.com/chris.groves.507 Chris Groves
            This isn't history, it's the movies, lighten up. John Williams can't compose every Star Wars film, or every Star Wars property. But if there is to be a new trilogy, and he is capable and willing to return...why not? Why not do one last trilogy? Star Wars was long rumored to have initially been thought of as a 'trilogy of trilogies'..so why NOT let Williams be the composer for the first 9 films. The spin-offs and future episodes can then branch out with other sounds.
          • http://twitter.com/DavidKleinSucks David Klein
            I don't think anybody really knows where the Star Wars franchise will be ten years out, but now seems as good a time as any to start planting creative seeds elsewhere. But if you're going that route... why only one last trilogy? Why should WIlliams stop there? What if there are *two* new trilogies to follow? Why not? Or why not James Newton Howard? Why not Thomas Newman? 9 movies just seems like an arbitrary endpoint.
          • http://www.facebook.com/chris.groves.507 Chris Groves
            Have Williams do one final trilogy for nostalgia's sake(most sources say that for many years Star Wars was initially going to be a trilogy of trilogies) and have new composers get a crack at the spin-offs, then go in a new direction. Bring Williams back for the same reasons everyone wants Hamill, Fisher, and Ford back...a return to the franchise roots before going in a new direction.
          • http://twitter.com/DavidKleinSucks David Klein
            "Most sources" claim Lucas' original title was REVENGE of the Jedi, which wouldn't make sense for its themes. And "most sources" also allege that *initially* initially, Star Wars was going to be just one giant film framed around the "Journal of the Whills" and that Han Solo was an alien with green skin and gills. There have been numerous iterations of this stuff, so much so that choosing one endpoint doesn't make a great deal of sense to me. Your second point on Hamill, Ford, and Fisher is taken, but they all have cultural recognition -- everybody knows what Han, Luke, and Leia look like. You don't need Williams for roots though, unless you're literally casting him as a Jedi. His "roots" are the iconic themes he's already established. He doesn't need to supervise an orchestra to make sure they play "Han Solo & the Princess" at a fast enough tempo. So long as his classic motifs are still there -- and I'd bet money they will be -- what's the difference? New is new. Agree to disagree I guess?
          • http://www.facebook.com/chris.groves.507 Chris Groves
            You can literally watch Documentaries where the powers that be talk about the original 'Revenge of the Sith' title and the Green-skinned Han Solo. It's not some sort of hearsay or fan fabrication.

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