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Michael Giacchino, the composer known for his work for Pixar and filmmaker J.J. Abrams, has now set his sights on dinosaurs.
Giacchino has signed on to score Jurassic World, Universal’s latest installment in the Jurassic Park movie series.
Giacchino won an Oscar for scoring Pixar’s Up. His other work for the animation powerhouse includes The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Cars 2. His collaboration with Abrams has yielded the scores for Mission Impossible III, Star Trek, Super 8 and Star Trek Into Darkness, as well as shows such as Lost, Alias and Fringe.
Other credits range from Speed Racer to The Family Stone to Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.
This year’s offerings that feature the prolific composer’s work include Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, This Is Where I Leave You and Andy and Lana Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending.
Giacchino is a fan of dinosaur flicks and made stop-motion movies featuring the creatures when he was nine. And he has a connection to the Jurassic franchise, as his very first composing job was, as he stated in today’s announcement, to “write the score for the Steven Spielberg-produced video game based on the film The Lost World, which was one of the earliest console video games to feature an original orchestral score.”
Working on the movie “is an incredible opportunity to bring full circle the journey of dinosaurs and film that started in my backyard over 30 years ago.”
Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow, who previously helmed Safety Not Guaranteed, said, “While this new score will honor the indelible work of John Williams, our mission is the same as the film itself — to create something bold and new for people who love dinosaurs.”
Trevorrow wrote the screenplay with Derek Connolly. Spielberg is exec producing while Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley are producing.
The movie will be released in June 2015 in 3D.
Giacchino is repped by the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency.
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