Famed composer Alan Silvestri has signed on to score Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film, Ready Player One, based on the dystopian sci-fi novel of the same name by Ernest Cline. Based on a script by Cline, Eric Eason (Journey to the End of the Night), and Zak Penn (The Avengers, Pacific Rim: Uprising), the upcoming film adaptation stars the likes of Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, T.J. Miller, and Mark Rylance, among others. Although the movie isn’t scheduled to release until next year, the cast and crew have already completed principal photography on the movie.
Spielberg and the rest of the crew are busy in post-production on the film, which means the soundtrack should be scored sometime soon. Last June, Williams had officially signed on to score the movie’s music, though it appears that there is now a scheduling conflict between Ready Player One and Spielberg’s other film, The Papers, which Williams is not only scoring but is also scheduled to release this December.
Variety reports that Williams has opted to continue working on The Papers, and is, therefore, leaving the job of composing the music for Ready Player One up to fellow composer Alan Silvestri. Spielberg’s Amblin Productions released a statement on the news, which says that both Spielberg and Williams decided that Silvestri “was the perfect choice” for the film, especially since Spielberg and Silvestri have previously worked together.
Judging by the statement, it appears that Spielberg and Williams selected Silvestri together, who has also worked on several other films that have been produced by Spielberg’s Amblin Partners, the parent company of both Amblin Entertainment and DreamWorks Studios, such as Robert Zemeckis’ Cast Away and Back to the Future. Aside from those two movies, Silvestri has made a name for himself by scoring films such as Forrest Gump, Night at the Museum, and The Avengers. In fact, Silvestri will be returning to compose the music for Anthony and Joe Russo’s Avengers: Infinity War next year.
Ready Player One marks Spielberg’s third feature film not to feature music by Williams, who has scored virtually every one of the director’s films since the very beginning. The only other two movies that the legendary composer hasn’t scored is 1985’s The Color Purple, which featured music by Quincy Jones, and 2015’s Bridge of Spies, which featured music by Thomas Newman. Aside from Ready Player One, there’s no reason to assume that Williams won’t return to score the music for the rest of Spielberg’s upcoming films, such as Indiana Jones 5.
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