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Star Trek 11 Gets a Composer


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Jerry Goldsmith was one of the most talented composers I've ever had the pleasure of hearing in my lifetime. He composed the music for over 230 projects and contributed to the soundtrack of another 49 films and TV series over the years. The world lost one its best when he passed away in 2004, and one of our cultures lonest living legacies has been forced to find a replacement.

I'm talking about Trek; Nemesis, Insurrection, First Contact, The Final Frontier, The Motion Picture, and episodes of Voyager and The Next Generation.

My favorite scores are probably Medicine Man and The Edge, but there are so many more than you can't keep them all in your head.

I knew that if I was ever in a position to both write and direct my own film, I wasn't going anywhere else to get my score, no matter how much it would cost or how long I would have to wait. But time ran out.

The Trek franchise moves on and the 11th installment helmed by Lost creator J. J. Abrams needs a composer.

Paramount Pictures has confirmed to FMW that Michael Giacchino is indeed attached to the new Star Trek movie.

I'm not impressed by Michael Giacchino's history, where at least a third of his credits are video games. There's nothing wrong with that per se, and I've heard some pretty damn good original music for some games before, but it's not very confidence inspiring for such a huge task. This is not the kind of person you replace a Jerry Goldsmith with -- this is Abrams going with a guy he knows and has confidence in, not someone who's really earned the right to do this.

He may be good, we'll have to see. I have hopes, but I also have doubts.

Star Trek XI will probably be released sometime late next year.

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