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2008 Music Preview - Quarter 2 (April)
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

Leatherheads

Leatherheads
by Randy Newman
Opens: April 4, 2008

If ever there was a movie suited to the "ragtimey" talents of RANDY NEWMAN, LEATHERHEADS is it.  Having worn out his musical welcome in the world of Pixar (at least in my ears, he has), Newman returns to scoring a live, flesh and blood flick.  With George Clooney and Renee Zellweger, this film looks like it will be highly entertaining, but expecting a great stand-alone score is probably not a good idea this time around.

Anticipation level: low

Nim's Island

Nim's Island
by Patrick Doyle (rumored)
Opens: April 4, 2008

..and more children's fantasy books...and more children's fantasy films.  This time we get Gerard Butler (300) and Jodie Foster starring in this film adaptation of the children's book by Wendy Orr.  Wendy Orr's own blog shares that PATRICK DOYLE has signed on to the project.  I'm sure that makes her happy...and it should score fans as well!

The Ruins

The Ruins
by Graeme Revell
Opens: April 4, 2008

Looks like Graeme Revell is returning to some his roots - scoring this thriller about some archeological folks on a dig in Mexico.  Hmmm.  I'm betting they find more than they were betting on.  More as in MORE EEEEEVILLLL!  Love Graeme's stuff, but Child's Play 2, Dead Calm and the like were never my faves of his, so I'm keeping the anticipation level down a ways.

Anticipation level: low

The Forbidden Kingdom

The Forbidden Kingdom
by David Buckley
Opens: April 18, 2008

Jackie Chan and Jet Li?  Now that could be something to see.  Each has made their share of great films...and also not-so-great films, but together?  Now that could be some real fun.  Even if the screenplay of FORBIDDEN KINGDOM is a disaster, the score will still have a chance to be good.  This could go many different directions.  We can be sure there will be some nice eastern flavor to this, but given the contemporary elements of the film, that could mean lots of electronics.  This sounds like a job for REMOTE CONTROL.  Composer David Buckley has been brought on to write the score and he, in fact, is of the Remote Control family.  He has worked with Harry Gregson-Williams on projects such as: Gone Baby Gone, Shrek the Third, and is scheduled to work with HGW on THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN.  Both KLAUS BADELT and STEVE JABLONSKY have done good scores for films with an Eastern flavor, so I think its safe to have decent expectations here.  Over-reliance on electronics is something to beware of though.

88 Minutes

88 Minutes
by Ed Shearmur
Opens: April 18, 2008

It seems like its been ages since we've seen Al Pacino on screen.  Well, he's back in John Avnet's 88 MINUTES.  Pacino is a professor moonlighting as one of those forensic psychiatrist who finds out he only has 88 minutes to live. While trying to figure out who is behind his death-threat, he is also trying to help find another killer on the loose.  Could be an interesting watch...although I get too much INSOMNIA vibe here and hence am half-way expecting a snore-job a la David Julyan.  Still, it's always good to see ED SHEARMUR's name and since he is no longer on THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL, perhaps he'll make up for it with this film.

Video Games 2008

 

Iron Man (PS3, X360, PSP, PS2, Wii)
 

Composer Unknown
Game release date: Quarter 2

This movie tie-in game looks like it could be quite blast to play.  Hopefully it does better than the recent Superman and Spider-man tie-in games though.  No idea on who will write the score...but wouldn't it make sense to have John Debney?


 

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)

Composer Harry Gregson-Williams and Nobuko Toda
Game release date: Quarter 2

Gregson-Williams and Toda both have reached their 3 Metal Gear Solid title score.  They should have it pretty well dialed in by now.  Should be a "blast" to listen to.

 

Other Game scores to be look out for:

Harvest Moon: Tree of Peace (Wii)

Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath (Win, X360)

FarCry 2 (Win)

The Last Remnant (PS3, X360)

 

May 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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