John Williams Scoring Spielberg's Adventures of Tintin

February 20, 2009
Source: Upcoming Film Scores

John Williams Scoring Spielberg's Adventures of Tintin

We've reached a new era of journalism where composer announcements get as much exposure as casting. We all know Steven Spielberg is hard at work on his next project, The Adventures of Tintin, but it doesn't have a lot of buzz yet. But one bit of news that may change that is that the legendary John Williams will be scoring the movie. Besides the most recent Indiana Jones movie, Williams hasn't scored anything big (or new) since Munich in 2005. Although he is basically Spielberg's personal composer, so this shouldn't be too big of a shocker. It's just an interesting realization regarding the scope of the project.

This news comes from the Upcoming Film Scores blog (via SlashFilm), where they claim that Williams' agent confirmed their scoop. I don't think I need to go over Williams' past scores, because anyone who reads this site should immediately recognize his Indiana Jones and Star Wars themes. As mentioned earlier, though, Williams' last few scores have only been for Spielberg's movies - The Terminal, War of the Worlds, Munich, Indiana Jones, and so on, give or take Memoirs of a Geisha and Star Wars. So basically, even if The Adventures of Tintin doesn't turn out that great, at least it'll have a wonderful soundtrack!

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I've never read/watched any of Adventures of Tintin, but now that John Williams is aboard, I can already tell ya I'll be buying the soundtrack!

Nick Sears on Feb 20, 2009


Didn't Spielberg produce Memoirs of a Geisha? Nonetheless, i guess it will be totally different from the cartoon version's music (couldn't stop humming that when i was a kid)

Monney on Feb 20, 2009


Yeah, this isn't exactly unexpected. Williams is Spielberg (and Lucas') man. Still, it's good news. I maintain that he's better (or at least as good as) all the other big composers for film.

Timothy on Feb 20, 2009


I'd like to hear a Michael Giacchino score for TinTin.

Fuelbot on Feb 20, 2009


O Dang. Gee, i was really hoping for Kronos Quartet or RZA.

Voice of Reason on Feb 20, 2009


The best choice, really!! John Williams is truly an icon. His scores are easily identifiable as they are memorable.

Spider on Feb 20, 2009


#6 - They're easily indentifiable cos they all more or less sound the same.

Fuelbot on Feb 20, 2009


....course he is.

Tim "Cloverfield" on Feb 20, 2009


Pick up the John Williams Collection. You will then see that all his scores are all the same. He was scoring films before you kids were born.

Bryanmakeup on Feb 20, 2009


LOL you called yourself a journalist.

Greedo the Rodian on Feb 20, 2009


are not all the same. Damn blew my own post!

Bryanmakeup on Feb 20, 2009


Listen to the soundtrack for "The Terminal" and you'll see that, as similiar as a lot of his work is, he has great range.

Timothy on Feb 20, 2009


I always thought that a good music score goes unnoticed.

Button on Feb 20, 2009


#9 There are certain things a composer, or any musician for that matter, always does. Certain instruments that are always used, etc. He and Danny Elfman are two examples of composers where you can hear five seconds and know it's them, as opposed to a Zimmer or Giacchino where every score sounds completely different. I'm not saying he's a terrible composer or anything, far from it. His "Growing Up" theme from Superman is one of my favorite songs of all time. He's unparalleled in creating iconic themes, but I just can't sit and listen to his scores which has always been the real test for me. They work great within the context of the films but leave something to be desired on their own.

Fuelbot on Feb 20, 2009


Didn't he do Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots for the PS3? Pretty big project, I think.

Trystan on Feb 20, 2009


His scores are always the same alright.... 10-out-of-10! John Williams makes fantastic music. To 15: I believe Harry Gregson-Williams did Music for MGS 4

SS on Feb 20, 2009


#13 Basicly yes but the one theme that I will never forget and the one I concentrated on instead of the actual picture was the Twin Peaks soundtrack.

Shige on Feb 20, 2009


He did the song for the Obama inaugural.... Pretty big project.

Greedo the Rodian on Feb 20, 2009


That is one creepy picture of john williams

MonkeyMan on Feb 20, 2009


Hello #9/11 Some of us were born earlier and we do know of his brilliance. And Dammit Buttons....many of us do notice EVERTHING

Tim "Cloverfield" on Feb 21, 2009


....sorry many of us notice

Tim "Cloverfield" on Feb 21, 2009


SHIT! We notice everything in film including the score....maybe in France you don't know that. freaking Nemesis!

Tim "Cloverfield" on Feb 21, 2009


LOLOLOL. What i meant is that it isn't noticed until after the film is over. You shouldn't be thinking of the score during, unless brando is in it.

Button on Feb 21, 2009


Wrong again Nemesis! You know it the first time the "hook" is introduced. So sad about Conan.

Tim "Cloverfield" on Feb 21, 2009

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