Death Star, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One Gets a New Composer! Michael Giacchino Replaces Alexandre Desplat!!!

Jeddah, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

There is no other franchise in film where the music is as integral as the Star Wars franchise.  John Williams seven scores have been as much a character in the saga as any onscreen presence, and there’s scarcely a person in Western Civilization who doesn’t know a few pieces from Star Wars scores (even if they don’t realize it).  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, in addition to being the first non-episodic Star Wars film, is also the first film to not be scored by John Williams.  Oscar-winner Alexandre Desplat (who took over for Williams on the Harry Potter series) was slated to score the film, but today The Hollywood Reporter announced that due to a scheduling conflict the new composer of the film will be Michael Giacchino.
Ben Mendelsohn, Director Orson Krennic, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

So is this a reason to panic?  Should we panic?  No.  Michael Giacchino is, to me, a huge upgrade.  I mean that as no disrespect to Desplat, who has done some wonderful scores, but I’ve always hoped that when the sad day comes that Williams cannot continue the musical journey he began, Giacchino would be THE perfect person to continue Star Wars‘ legacy of epic scores.  Giacchino has an Oscar of his own for Up, he’s a regular composer for Disney’s Pixar films, and raised the Star Trek scores back to epic status with his work on the last three films in that franchise.  He’s JJ Abrams’ usual composing partner (going all the way back to Lost), and a gigantic Star Wars fan himself, so-to me-this is great news.  John Williams is scoring Episode VIII and now we have the best possible choice scoring the first spin-off.  Lucasfilm and Disney score again.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

3 thoughts on “Rogue One Gets a New Composer! Michael Giacchino Replaces Alexandre Desplat!!!”

  1. Dave, I saw Sully tonight, and it was amazing. Despite the IMAX and the CGI it felt like Eastwood delivered a film from a bygone era.

    There are a lot of feel-good movies out there (not enough) but for an hour and a half Sully did something more than just go through the motions: it made me actually believe in the underlying goodness of our species, and the feeling has lingered. Also the movie makes a good case for our speices’ overall competence and humility.

    Lately I’ve been losing that thread of decency as I try to get through life. I think a lot of people feel the same way. I want more movies like Sully.

    The Rogue One trailer is fantastic BTW, I just hope the general public gets even half as exited as the nerds to see the era of ANH lovingly recreated. I hope people don’t say “been there, done that, and another Death Star, yawn.” Because the film looks truly awesome, and if it shines, it becomes the true beginning of a new age for SW.

    1. I think people are excited about Rogue One, primarily, because Vader is returning to the screen. Even non-SW zealots are excited to see classic Darth Vader again, and I think that’s going to overcome any timeline confusion or “it’s not an episode” malaise from the general public. From there, how well it does depends on the quality of the movie. Even the worst Star Wars film can bank on $350 domestic, but if this maintains the quality we saw begin in TFA, I think it will do more around $500 million. TFA’s $950 million domestic is an unreasonable comparison; I don’t even think Episode VIII will get there. I’m so glad Sully gave you a lift (ironic pun). It did so for me, and I think it’s doing that for a lot of people as the film is doing exceptionally consistent business for a September release. People need a purely inspirational story, and that this one is true, just leaves you feeling the magic of the movies which is why we love them in the first place.

      1. I was trying to figure out why Sully felt even more good natured than most films of the genre, and then it hit me: when the good captain performed his miracle he was not reacting to human error, or a disaster born of incompetence. The disaster was caused by birds. Even the NTSB guys were not malicious, they were only buffoons, and when confronted with evidence of their mistakes they instantly came around.

        TFA was always going to be as huge as it was. I really believe that R1 is going to determine the continued hyper-popularity of SW, or not.

        My reservations about the movie are gone. I think we’re in for a really good time. But I continue to question whether it’s a good idea to release a SW movie every single year, even if R1 proves to be a masterpiece, and people are cheering for Vader in theaters across the world.

        SW is an evergreen property. It will take a lot to turn people away. Will oversaturation do the job? We shall see.

        The good news is: despite the (shall we say) mixed reaction to the prequels, SW survived. I know you can’t stand AOTC. But SW survived it. ROTS hyped Vader, and Vader was only in the film for thirty seconds at the end, and yet the film was still the biggest blockbuster of the year.

        It’s an exciting, slightly nerve-racking time to be a fan, isn’t it?

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