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

The announcement of Michael Giacchino as composer for 'Jurassic World', along with Legendary's CEO comment that it would use the same 'DNA', hint toward the film's link to 'Jurassic Park'.

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.

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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