‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Composer to Score ‘Jurassic World’; Film Will Use First Story’s ‘DNA’

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jurassic world logo Star Trek Into Darkness Composer to Score Jurassic World; Film Will Use First Story’s DNA

With Jurassic World only a month into production, more and more tidbits of information about the Jurassic Park sequel/reboot are surfacing. Though photos from the set in Hawaii have already been released and sequels have been discussed by director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed), very little is known about the story.

Aside from announcing Jurassic World will take place 22 years after the original, it seems everyone involved is keeping tight-lipped about the movie’s script. However, one important aspect of the film’s story creation has been announced: its composer.

Deadline reports that Michael Giacchino (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) has signed on to score Trevorrow’s Jurassic World. Giacchino’s resume includes many science fiction blockbusters that have prepared him for the endeavor and his Academy Award-winning work on Pixar’s Up.

The score for Jurassic World is bound to be compared to that of Jurassic Park, composed by the legendary John Williams. Giacchino may be the most qualified for the job as he has taken on scoring film revivals in the past: JJ Abrams’ Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. For both Star Trek movies, Giacchino incorporated themes from the original series in his compositions, a technique he will likely employ for the Jurassic World score.

JurassicPark Star Trek Into Darkness Composer to Score Jurassic World; Film Will Use First Story’s DNA

While a link between Jurassic Park and Jurassic World in terms of score is only speculation, Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull hinted at a connection within the script. In a recent interview with Total Film, Tull said there would be some similarities between the two films, if only on a genetic level:

“It’s a fantastic script and story… The first film was one of my favorite movies of all time and I think you’ll see some of that DNA.”

As we’ve seen in the past, remakes of classic films and much delayed sequels rarely stand on their own or satisfy fans. However, it seems Trevorrow and co-writer Derek Connolly have been selective in what they use from Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. If Trevorrow and Connolly were able to write a script that stays in line with the original Jurassic Park film, but updates the franchise for today’s audience, Jurassic World may be able to satisfy long-time fans and newcomers alike.

The addition of Giacchino to Jurassic World is another hint that the film’s team is attempting to strike the right balance between reboot and original movie. But it will be impossible to know for sure until more substantial points of the script and trailers are revealed or when Jurassic World is released in a little over a year.


Jurassic World opens in U.S. theaters on June 12, 2015.

Source: Deadline, Total Film

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  1. LOVE the original theme (along with pretty much every other John Williams theme). I think Giacchino is a pretty good composer but I hope he does include a little of the original theme somewhere in his soundtrack.

  2. Nobody will beat John William’s score. But Michael Giacchino has done amazing soundtracks himself, so it’ll be interesting if he does something memorable.

  3. No neill or goldblum no sale

    • Dude..are you stupid? No..scratch that, you clearly are a Jeff Goldblum butt buddy.
      Anyways great choice of composer :)

  4. Excellent. Giacchino is currently my favorite composer. John Williams would have been good to, but he didn’t compose a memorable score in a long time. His best work is way behind him, I’m afraid.

  5. AWESOME! It’s crazy to think that this is the same guy that once scored Donald Duck in Maui Mallard for the SNES (which is a pretty good soundtrack in of itself).

    Arguably, the Star Trek, Planet of the Apes and Godzilla reboots are being successful in being great in their own way. I’m not sure how much the script has changed, but the one being worked on right now by Trevorrow was originally penned by the writers of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes I think. Add to that Legendary’s co-funding, Giacchino and a promising director that seems more concerned with good characters than grittiness or realism (his first film was pretty good, here’s hoping Trevorrow can handle himself well in a blockbuster!) and you get a very excited fanbase.

  6. Giacchino also scored the lost World video game back in 1997 and was chosen by Steven Spielberg to score the medal of honor video games! So i think he’s the best choice to replace John Williams!

  7. Giacchino’s score for “John Carter” was a fantastic composition — it worked well within the film and as an independent mosaic of music. He will be a definite plus for the new movie and I plan to buy the soundtrack. As for the casting — I just hope Jeff G. is not in this one.

  8. Damn for the last time it is not a REBOOT it is a SEQUEL that is not rehashing any of the lame s*** from 2 and 3.