2-Track-Preview: JNH’s “Fantastic Beasts”

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Without a single doubt, veteran composer James Newton Howard’s score for the upcoming fantasy adventure “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is one of this year’s most eagerly anticipated film soundtracks, especially given the fact that it marks a wonderful opportunity for the beloved composer to again excel at some intriguing fantasy material. Continue reading

Inferno – Hans Zimmer

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Hans Zimmer is back in mystery mode!

Director Ron Howard is returning to the Robert Langdon franchise based on the bestselling novels written by author Dan Brown, and so is composer Hans Zimmer. After Howard’s latest movie, “In The Heart of The Sea” which Zimmer was not able to score due to scheduling conflicts (seriously, what project would you choose if you were given the chance to decide between a movie with an only marginally interesting screenplay or a Christopher-Nolan-science-fiction-blockbuster? Just asking…), he is now continuing his collaboration with the director by coming back to score the franchise that had been established with “The Da Vinci Code” in 2006 and was soon developed into 2009’s “Angels & Demons”. Continue reading

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children – Mike Higham & Matthew Margeson

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Tim Burton is back – but strangely without his friend and longtime collaborator Danny Elfman who has scored almost every single one of his movies. However, Burton’s newest entry in his long and illustrous filmography receives a score composed by Mike Higham and Matthew Margeson. As strange as this might sound, it is still unknown why good old Danny dropped out of scoring this very interesting-looking project which clearly would have been a perfect fit for Elfman’s very special composing style. Continue reading

Varese: Win Autographed Sheet Music by Marco Beltrami!

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Popular film music label Varese Sarabande offers the opportunity to win a sheet music of “Hellboy” or “Scream” autographed by the critically acclaimed composer Marco Beltrami whose scoring credits include movies such as “Wolverine”, “3:10 to Yuma” or this year’s “Ben Hur”: Continue reading

Patrick Doyle to Score Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Express”

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Patrick Doyle is set to write the score to Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming “Murder on the Orient Express” that Features the acting talents of Branagh himself as legendary detective Hercule Poirot, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Judi Dench and Derek Jacobi.

Doyle has previously scored most of Branagh’s directorial efforts, including Henry VMuch Ado About NothingHamletThor and last year’s CinderellaMurder on the Orient Express is set to be released on November 22, 2017 by 20th Century Fox.

Source: Film Music Reporter

James Newton Howard to Score “Jumanji” Sequel

According to Film Music Reporter, Academy Award nominated composer James Newton Howard is set to write the score for the upcoming “Jumanji” Sequel which is directed by Jake Kasdan and features a cast including Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillian and Jack Black.

Joe Johnston’s original 1995 Jumanji movie was scored by James Horner. The Jumanji sequel is set to be released on July 27, 2017 by Sony Pictures and will be a great opportunity for JNH to show how excellent he is at writing music in fantasy/adventure mode.

The Magnificent Seven – James Horner & Simon Franglen

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June 22, 2015 – a day that film score fans will always remember…

I have this text from him [James Horner] the night before he died and I had spoken to him earlier and he was in a great place. Then the next morning there was this stream of texts and the phone calls started coming in – I would trade anything not to have this discussion.

Simon Franglen

James Horner, undoubtedly one of the most beloved film composers of all time and right up there with masterminds such as John Williams, Ennio Morricone or John Barry, tragically died on June 22, 2015 in a plane crash. As much as this must have been a shock for family members and friends, it has also been an utter shock for film music fans that we would never again be able to hear a new original Horner score in cinemas, at least apart from the already completed “Soutpaw” (directed by Antoine Fuqua – keep this in mind, it’s important!) and Chilean drama “The 33”. Continue reading