Oscar-winner Michael Giacchino, composer of the 2009 Star Trek movie, is now working on that that other ‘Star’ franchise. Giacchino is headed to a galaxy far far away to compose the music for the latest Star Wars-themed attraction opening at Disney parks in 2011.
Giacchino composing Star Tours II
The Star Wars themed motion simulator ride "Star Tours" premiered at Disneyland in 1987, and has since opened at Disney parks in Orlando, Paris and Tokyo. In 2011 the attractions will be replaced with "Star Tours II: The Adventure Continues", a brand new Star Wars adventure, and Disney fan site LaughingPlace.com is reporting that composer Michael Giacchino will be providing the music.
Star Wars composer John Williams declined the opportunity (as he did with the original Star Tours), leaving an opening for Giacchino. This chance to do music for Star Wars must be a special opportunity for the composer. Giacchino has stated (see video below from 2010 Campus Movie Fest below) that "Star Wars was a huge thing" for him growing up, and it was Williams’ music from Star Wars that motivated him to become a composer.
Few details have been revealed about the new Star Tours ride, but it is known that it is set in between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope. (the first Star Tours was set after Episode VI: Return of the Jedi). Anthony Daniels (the voice of C-3PO) is expected to return, but the cast has not been announced. Earlier this month Disney released this this preview of the new Star Tours, announcing the three destinations you will visit on the new ride.
What Giacchino is up to
This year Michael Giacchino wrapped up his work on Lost, which garnered him another Emmy nomination, but he continues to be very busy. His latest project is working with Cloverfield director Matt Reeves on the vampire movie Let Me In, which comes out in October. Giacchino is of course continuing his long-time collaboration with JJ Abrams. He did the score for the pilot of Abrams new TV series Undercovers, and will be composing the music for the 2011 movies Super 8 (directed by Abrams) and Mission Impossible IV (produced by Abrams). Giacchino is also slated to be the composer for the 2012 sci-fi film John Carter of Mars and is expected to return to the final frontier for the 2012 Star Trek film.
Last month Giacchino attended the Ubeda Film Music Festival, here are some extracts of his concert performance conducting selections of his music.