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2008 Music Preview - Quarter 3 (August)
A Look Ahead at this Summer's Soundtracks

 

Quarter 1 | January | February | March
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Feature Films 2008

The Mummy:  Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

The Mummy:  Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
by Randy Edelmen
Opens: August 15, 2008

It's been yonks since RANDY EDELMEN has done a big-budgeter, but he makes his return to the genre with this third installment of THE MUMMY series (if you don't count THE SCORPION KING).  While his choice of synths was fitting for the mid-90s, they will sound dated for this film, if he goes that route.  One thing we can expect is that he will craft some memorable thematic material - as he normally does.  Could be great...could be a synthy-dud.  Let's wait and see.

Anticipation level: medium

The International

The International
by Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek, Tom Tykwer
Opens: August 15, 2008

One of the sleeper hit scores of 2006 was PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER composed by Heil, Klimek, and Tykwer.  Here we have the ever-present Clive Owen and Naomi Watts in a political thriller.  Not sure if the trio can pull off the same magic as Perfume, but let's give them some credit and raise our expectations.

Anticipation level: Medium high

Mirrors

Mirrors
by Javier Navarrete
Opens: August 15, 2008

This could be a very interesting thriller.  There certainly isn't much available on the film just yet, but the announcement of composer Javier Navarrete is not something that resonates with me.  Despite all the hype, both the film and score for PAN'S LABYRINTH left me flat.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Star Wars: The Clone Wars
by Unknown
Opens: August 15, 2008

Hello. Who do we have here?  Yes.  Star Wars is back and this time they have entered the galaxy of 3-D animation.  Just prior to the debut of a new CLONE WARS television show, a feature film will be released.  For the devoted Star Wars fans, this is going to be a sure fire hit and I'm hoping they will be as dynamic as the The Clone War animated series by Genndy Tartakovsky that aired on the Cartoon Network a couple of years ago.  No word on who will provide the music.  Of course, if John Williams wrote some original music, we'd all rejoice, but I doubt that is the case.  They would be wise to bring on MARK GRISKEY into the mix who has written a fantastic score for the upcoming game, THE FORCE UNLEASHED.   Until there is an official announcement...we'll keep things right in the middle.

Anticipation level: medium

Tropic Thunder

Tropic Thunder
by Theodore Shapiro
Opens: August 15, 2008

With the comedic line up TROPIC THUNDER offers and judging by the first trailer, this movie looks like it will be a comedic-killer!  When it comes to the score, we know that THEODORE SHAPIRO has got what it takes.  His work for BLADES OF GLORY was surprisingly serious and surprisingly easy to listen to.  It's rare that a score for a comedy has a lot of "listenability" outside of the film, but Shapiro's previous work gives some hope that this will be the case for Tropic Thunder.  If not for that, this would come in as a "low."

Bangkok Dangerous

Bangkok Dangerous
by Brian Tyler
Opens: August 22, 2008

One of the year's obligatory gun-play films is Nick Cage's BANGKOK DANGEROUS.  More often than not these sorts of films don't come away with the most enjoyable scores (for example:  Shoot Em Up, Shooter, Hitman), but with BRIAN TYLER's attachment to this film, that changes things a bit in terms of what we can look forward to.  Some nice action and Far eastern flavor...could be good.

Anticipation level: medium

Crossing Over

Crossing Over
by John Murphy
Opens: August 22, 2008

You didn't know Harrison Ford was doing something other than INDIANA JONES this year.  Did you?  He certainly is and that project is CROSSING OVER.  Director Wayne Kramer's track record is pretty short, but seeing Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall's names attached help to raise expectations here.  Given his background of movies like 28 Days and Sunshine, composer John Murphy seems like an odd choice for a film about the struggles of immigrants into the USA.

Fly Me to the Moon

Fly Me to the Moon
by Ramin Djawadi
Opens: August 22, 2008

You didn't know Ramin Djawadi was doing something other than IRON MAN this year.  Did you?  The composer has been on this project much longer than IRON MAN actually.  This 3D animated film goes the way of Beowulf and is actually going to be presented in 3-D as well.  Looks like a cute enough film but somewhat second-rate if compared to the big studio's efforts these days.  Still, a good story and a good score could take this a long way.

Babylon A.D.

Babylon A.D.
by Atli Örvarsson
Opens: August 29, 2008

Seemingly in production forever, Babylon A.D. starring Vin Diesel and Michelle Yeoh is set for release in August.  The film is an adaptation of a French novel, entitled Babylon Babies.  Seems to be an action-suspencer with a score to match.  Reportedly the score is being done by Hans Zimmer as well as Atli Örvarsson and will have a unique blend of orchestral and hip hop.  We'll just have to see how well that works out.  At this point, I'm fearful Babylon A.D. will turn out to be an odd musical babbling.

Traitor

Traitor
by Mark Kilian
Opens: August 29, 2008

For TRAITOR, actor Don Cheadle plays a CIA agent that has gone undercover to work with terrorists.  Might not seem a natural for composer Mark Kilian, but given his nice work for the ill-fated DAYBREAK (TV show), this might be an intriguing score in the end.

Anticipation level: medium

Video Games 2008

August

Prototype

Prototype (PS3, X360, PC)

Composer: unknown
Game release date: Summer

Now this could be one intriguing game - sort of like a mashup of Assassins Creed and Dark Sector! If it lives up to the quality of the first trailers, we should have one good-play on our hands.  No word on a composer for this one yet, but if the Prototype vibe is that grungy, industrial thing, then perhaps Rebecca Kneubuhl and Gabriel Mann (Timeshift) would be Sierra's (the developers) choice again.

Medium

 

September 2008

 

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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