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2008 Music Preview - Quarter 2 (June)
A Look Ahead to this Year's Soundtracks
 

Quarter 1 | January | February | March
Quarter 2 | April | May | June

Quarter 3 | July | August | September


Feature Films 2008

Kung Fu Panda

Kung Fu Panda
by Hans Zimmer and John Powell
Opens: June 6, 2008

Hans Zimmer and animated films?  Just not sure what to expect for KUNG FU PANDA.  While he did an admirable job with THE PRINCE OF EGYPT and THE SIMPSON'S MOVIE, ZIMMER's score for MADAGASCAR was one of his most uninspired to date.  KUNG FU PANDA looks like it could be a good time and with the subject matter should allow HANS ZIMMER to dip into some nice Far East cliches.  To keep from getting a score-chop to the sternum, we have to be cautious.

Mongol - Part 1

Mongol - Part 1
by Tuomas Kantelinen
Opens: June 6, 2008

Hopefully an improvement upon his last period film, NOMAD, Director Sergei Bodrov's big-budget, international film MONGOL - PART I, looks like it could be an epic with a noteworthy score.   Bringing composer Carlo Siliotto would certainly be a great move.  The film was scheduled to release in Russia in the Fall of 2007 and dates for a USA release range from early 2008 through August.  Whenever it does release, this will likely be one not to miss. 

UPDATE! January 17, 2008

I received a friendly email noting that the composer for MONGOL is one TUOMAS KANTELINEN and been able to hear a few pieces from this score and can safely raise the Anticipation-level up to Medium-High!  This is good stuff here!  Now pray there will be a full soundtrack release.

The Incredible Hulk
by Craig Armstrong
Opens: June 13, 2008

It took forever to finally get a glimpse of this film, but when the trailer was eventually released, there was a bit of a "thud"...somewhat softer than the one contained in the trailer itself.  Maybe after Ang Lee's attempt at bringing are mean, green friend to the big screen, yet another go at the origin story is necessary, but color me unexcited for this one.  The hiring of Craig Armstrong is an intriguing one.  He can certainly deliver intense action and even heartfelt melody, but just what tack he'll take for THE INCREDIBLE HULK is anyone's guess...and leaves me uncertain.  I'm say to be cautious on your expectations here.

The Happening

The Happening
by James Newton Howard
Opens: June 13, 2008

M. Night Shyamalan - love his movies or hate 'em, at least he has the good sense to go back to the JAMES NEWTON HOWARD-well over and over.  I am one of the apparent few who really have enjoyed all of Shyamalan's filcks. (Yes even The Village)  I'm pretty certain JAMES NEWTON HOWARD's scores play some role in that.   These two talented guys haven't dudded out together yet, so I'm full of optimism for THE HAPPENING.

Get Smart

Get Smart
by Trevor Rabin
Opens: June 20, 2008

Of all the early Summer films, I have to say that TREVOR RABIN being brought on to score the GET SMART remake is the most surprising.  He certainly talented enough, it's just not his normal genre.  It's nice to seem him still branching out.  The casting of both Steve Carrel as Maxwell Smart and Anne Hathaway as Agent 99 is nothing less than brilliant.  If the writing can hold up, this could be some real summer fun.  Are you as intrigued as I am to see what TREVOR RABIN will do beyond the employment of Irving Szathmary's original theme?

Wall-E

Wall-E
by Thomas Newman
Opens: June 27, 2008

Last year's entry from PIXAR, RATATOUILLE, was a decent film, but was not up to par with so many of their earlier releases.  We move into 2008 with WALL-E, a film that looks like it will be a delight for both adults and kids alike - something Pixar has been very adept at.  It's great to see THOMAS NEWMAN again as well.  His last effort with PIXAR, FINDING NEMO, was a very memorable one and I look for them to produce a similar amount of animated magic for WALL-E.

 

Anticipation-Level Movie Summary for Quarter 2

Still not one "High" anticipation-level given out?  Guess we're just being a little cautious around here.  There are; however, 5 "Medium-Highs" so the soundtrack-landscape looks like its well on its way by June of 2008.

Low = 3

Med-low = 2

Medium = 5

Medium-high = 5

High = 0

August

 

Quarter 1 | January | February | March
Quarter 2 | April | May | June

Quarter 3 | July | August | September

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Tracksounds 2008 Music Preview is just that - a preview.  Release dates are subject to change...as our composers attached to these projects.  The details found in the following are subject to change.  We'll endeavour to stay on top of such changes, but if you spot something out of date or incorrect, please notify me.

 

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