Friday, December 5, 2014

2015: Top Anticipated Scores

It's always fun to look into what films and scores are on the horizon.  2015 has some major tentpole films and some director-composer reunions.  In an era of sequels and reboots, there are some original films and promising scores by top composers.  So here's looking to 2015 with my list:   

The Music Behind the Screen's 
Top Anticipated Scores of 2015

1. STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (John Williams)
Of course this is the top of the list.  Not only a new Star Wars film, but a brand new Williams score.  Returning to that galaxy far, far away will turn me (and many others) into happy piles of mush.      

2. AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (Brian Tyler)
While sadly not scored by Alan Silvestri, this followup will be great for Tyler, who has become the unofficial voice of Marvel Studios.  

3. ST. JAMES PLACE (John Williams)
A Spielberg Cold War thriller seems like a great new setting for some of Williams' smaller works like Munich.  This film will mark collaboration #27 between Spielberg and Williams.     
4. SPECTRE  (Thomas Newman)
Bond is back.  With Sam Mendes back as director, Thomas Newman is bound to return as well.  I can't wait to hear the next installment's score.  

5. THE GOOD DINOSAUR (Thomas Newman)
Even amid the early production problems and crew switches, Thomas Newman's efforts with Pixar (Finding Nemo, Wall-E) are so strong, this is a must hear.

6. TOMORROWLAND (Michael Giacchino)
Another score based on past work - Giacchino's efforts with director Brad Bird have been top notch (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol).  The mysterious nature and sci-fi adventure of the film looks promising for a strong score.  

OTHER SCORES TO HEAR IN 2015
Ant-Man [currently unknown]
Chappie (Hans Zimmer)
Cinderella (Patrick Doyle)
Crimson Peak (Fernando Velázquez)
Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (James Newton Howard)
In the Heart of the Sea (Roque Baños)
Inside Out (Michael Giacchino)
The Jungle Book (John Debney)
Jupiter Ascending (Michael Giacchino) 

Jurassic World (Michael Giacchino) 

Kung Fu Panda 3 (Hans Zimmer) 
The Martian [currently unknown] 
Mission: Impossible 5 (Joe Kraemer) 
Pan (Dario Marianelli) 
San Andreas (Andrew Lockington) 
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Thomas Newman) 
Victor Frankenstein (Craig Armstrong) 
The Walk (Alan Silvestri)

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