It’s already established that Steve Jablonksy is scoring the upcoming Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, as he did with the first film. He gets the title ”Original Music” all to himself in the credits, which is kind of surprising considering the size of film this is undoubtedly going to be (following suit from the first).
However he’s clearly not going to be going at it entirely on his own…
Jablonsky is actually part of famous film composer Hans Zimmer’s (The Dark Knight, The Simpsons Movie and the two Pirates sequels, amongst many others) team Media Ventures, and the two of them work together all the time. So quite logically it seems that Jablonsky is getting a helping hand from Zimmer with keeping the music production side of things on track. Here’s what Jablonsky had to say recently:
“…I am [still] the composer on this film. It has all gotten rather complicated. The film is BIG, and now that we’ve got Linkin Park involved, Hans has kind of been helping me keep the production on track, because I’m so focused on writing the score at the moment.”
Jablonsky mentions Linkin Park as they are reportedly working on a new song with him for Revenge of the Fallen – if you remember, a version of their song “What I’ve Done” was used in the credits of the first movie. Just to expand on his overall thoughts of the score, here’s what Jablonsky added:
“In a nutshell, Michael Bay sent the new Linkin Park song over to my studio. Hans and I had a listen, and we both thought it was really cool, and it might be interesting to try incorporating some of those elements into the score. So we got the guys from the band down to the studio and talked about how to do that. They’re all really cool guys and really excited about adding some of their sounds to the score.”
Of the things which the first Transformers did right, the score was one of them. The score to Michael Bay’s movies are usually reflect the movies themselves – they are loud, brash, in-your-face and the furthest thing away from subtle as you could imagine (see Armageddon, The Rock and Pearl Harbor as prime examples of this). But for some reason that wasn’t so with Transformers, or at least not to the same degree.
I don’t think the score to the sequel will differ drastically from the first movie, so at least we’re pretty much guaranteed that something will be good about it…
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen will be released on June 24th.