For only his second feature, Joseph Kosinski is pretty lucky in the musical department. After electronic rock gods Daft Punk provided the tunes to Tron: Legacy, he’s got another massive band to lead his next sci-fi feature. And this time, hopefully the music won’t be the only successful element.
The Playlist reports that M83 will be scoring Oblivion, the Universal tentpole that is deep into shooting with lead Tom Cruise. With a more poppy sound than their French Legacy-scoring brethren, it’ll be interesting to see if they shift their style up at all for this feature. Many complained that Daft Punk’s Tron score felt too much of just that and not an original album as hyped up. But having loved that soundtrack, along with this band — especially after last year’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming – my anticipation is definitely increased. Check out frontman Anthony Gonzalez‘s quote below on getting the gig and some of his intentions, along with a video of their biggest hit, Midnight City.
“I’ve wanted to do soundtracks for so long, and starting with such an ambitious project, especially in the sci-fi category, means a lot to me. I’m not afraid to do my first soundtrack on a big Hollywood movie, with a big budget and a lot of pressure…I like challenges and it excites me more than frightens me. I can’t wait to hear my music played by amazing musicians, and an orchestra and brass and maybe choirs. It’s a chance to create something big and I’m ready for it. I’m always trying to push myself and I try to do it with my studio albums, and now this is a new adventure, so I’m going to push myself even harder, and try to surprise people and move people with my music. My vision is really to have a combination of very electronic moments, very M83, and sometimes merge into something more soundtrack-y, but my kind of soundtracks.”
Also starring Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Melissa Leo, one can read the official synopsis below.
Tom Cruise stars in Oblivion, an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the director of TRON: Legacy and the producer of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.
Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete.
Living and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.
Oblivion arrives on April 26th, 2013.
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