It looks the like nods to Original Series in the new Star Trek film will also extend to the music. In an interview with SciFi Wire, the longtime Abrams collaborator and Star Trek composer Michael Giacchino states he will be incorporating the original Alexander Courage Original Series theme into his score:
I think that the thing to do would be to hold on to the only thing that does speak—that says Star Trek—universally, which is the [opening theme from the original series]…To me, that fanfare, boom, that says it all right there. And this film is about everything that came before that. So, yes, I want to keep that.
This is welcome news, but should not be a big surprise. Giachinno took the same approach with his score for J.J. Abrams first film, Mission: Impossible: III. That score stood on its own, but also incorporated the original TV series’ theme by Lalo Schifrin nicely. Giacchino also acknowledged Trek film composers who have come before him, such as James Horner and Jerry Goldsmith:
I grew up listening to all of that great [Trek] music, and that’s part of what inspired me to do what I’m doing, So, yeah, it’s horrifying to think that I’ve got to go and stand in line with those guys.
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