Composer Marco Beltrami Scoring Marc Forster's 'World War Z' Movie

December 30, 2011
Source: Film Music Reporter

Marco Beltrami / World War Z

Some interesting scoring news to wrap up this year, for a highly anticipated film that will arrive at the end of next year. Film Music Reporter (via STYD) is reporting that composer Marco Beltrami has signed on to do the score for Marc Forster's adaptation of Max Brooks' World War Z, about the zombie apocalypse. The film stars Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale and Bryan Cranston and finished shooting this year, but isn't slated for release until December next year. Beltrami most recently worked on Scream 4, The Thing remake and The Woman in Black, and also has a few other projects in the works besides this one.

Oscar nominated composer Marco Beltrami is somewhat of a franchise guy, working on the Scream series and other genre flicks, including Live Free or Die Hard and now the upcoming A Good Day to Die Hard. Yea, remember this unnecessary sequel? He also works with the same directors, like John Moore, who is directing A Good Day to Die Hard, but also worked with Beltrami on Flight of the Phoenix, The Omen and Max Payne, too. However, this is his first time working with Marc Forster for World War Z, as Forster previously used David Arnold on Quantum of Solace and Alberto Iglesias on The Kite Runner. This should be interesting to hear, and I'm expecting there to be a mix of modern songs as well as score, but we have yet to see what the tone for Forster's World War Z really is, as I've heard it will be a bit different than the book.

The report also says that Beltrami is attached to score the Paradise Lost movie with Alex Proyas directing, but I wasn't even sure that was shooting, but it might go into production next year - just like A Good Day to Die Hard. Beltrami's got some interesting projects on his horizon. His past scores include Soul Surfer, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Knowing, The Hurt Locker, 3:10 to Yuma, Live Free or Die Hard, Underworld: Evolution, Red Eye, I, Robot, Hellboy, Terminator 3 and Scream. We'll be keeping an eye on all three of his projects, with World War Z the only one actually in the can — though we've still got a year to wait for that.

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He's a terrible composer. Bland and uninteresting. I have a very bad feeling about World War Z...

Agent Dale Cooper on Dec 31, 2011


... what? He's one of my favorite composers! I pretty much love his work on Hellboy, I, Robot, Live Free or Die Hard, 3:10 to Yuma and that little gem I just found out called Soul Surfer. Can't wait to hear what he writes next!

Yahzee on Dec 31, 2011


"Bland and uninteresting"? Have you Heard his music in "Hellboy", "3:10 To Tuna", "Underworld: Evolution" or "Soul Surfer"!? He may not be "Hans Zimmerman" but he's a very good Composer! 🙂

Anonymous9328 on Mar 8, 2012


I wish they would stop calling this movie World War Z. Hopefully a true visionary producer and director will look at a proper adaptation one day in the future. 

The Moo on Jan 1, 2012


Yeah, that will never happen. It would've been awesome if would've stick to the original story but that's just not possible - for a movie. For a tv series, yes. It could've stretched many seasons. I wish the project would've stuck in production hell for just a few more years until now so people could see what a great success The Walking Dead on tv is (at least viewer-wise). They adapted the story to fit into a movie and I'm fine with that. It will not be story I fell in love with reading the first few pages in a store on Times Square visiting the States for the first time in my life, but I will give it a chance. At least, it's in some way the first zombie movie with a global focus. And it got a decent cast and director.

reeft on Jan 2, 2012

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