Steve Jablonsky, Not James Horner, Will Be Scoring 'Ender's Game'
"So I'm not the first?" From one sci-fi composer to another. Back in January, news broke via the usually reliable Film Music Reporter that James Horner would be composing the score to Gavin Hood's Ender's Game. While I am not the biggest fan of Horner, his name means a lot to sci-fi (from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan to The Rocketeer to Apollo 13 to Avatar). However, the site Ender News is now reporting with confirmation from the studio that it's actually Steve Jablonsky, not Horner, who is scoring the sci-fi adaptation (watch the first trailer). Jablonsky hit it big scoring Transformers and is on the rise recently.
As a composer, Steve Jablonsky isn't a household name yet, but you should recognize his scores: "Desperate Housewives", Gears of War 2 & 3, Transformers 1 - 3, Your Highness, Battleship, Gangster Squad, and most recently, Bay's Pain & Gain. As much as I've enjoyed his work in the context of few of these Hollywood movies, I don't find myself listening to his scores as an album, and his work doesn't really stand out in the way Horner or Zimmer's does. That said, I hope this is an opportunity for him to showcase his talent on a big sci-fi movie. For confirmation, I double checked with the studio - it is definitely Jablonsky, not Horner.
70 years after a horrific alien war, an unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion. Ender's Game, based on Orson Scott Card's beloved 1985 novel of the same name, is written & directed by Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, Rendition, X-Men Origins) produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci of K/O Paper Products. Asa Butterfield stars as Ender Wiggin, with Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff, plus Nonso Anozie, Moises Arias, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin and Viola Davis. Summit/Lionsgate will be releasing Ender's Game in theaters November 1st later this year.