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13 May 2014, 10:58
Michael Giacchino will compose the soundtrack for Jurassic World, the forthcoming fourth instalment in the Jurassic Park movie franchise, due for release in 2015.
The original, iconic Jurassic Park score was written by soundtrack legend John Williams, who returned for its sequel The Lost World, but handed composing duties over to Don Davis for Jurassic Park III.
Director of the eagerly anticipated Jurassic World Colin Trevorrow commented on Giacchino's appointment: "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." Reports suggest that the new score will feature elements or themes of Williams' original score alongside the new material.
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The composer has a connection to the Jurassic Park franchise already, having composed music for the video game release of The Lost World, notable for being one of the earliest video games to feature an orchestral score.
Giacchino has worked extensively with director JJ Abrams throughout his career on films like Super 8, Mission: Impossible and, most notably, Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. He also won an Oscar for his work on Pixar's Up.
However, Giacchino will not be composing music for Abrams' forthcoming Star Wars sequels - original composer John Williams will be taking the reins.