Film Score Monthly
Search Terms: 
Search Within:   search tips 
You must log in or register to post.
  Go to page:    
 Posted:   Jul 4, 2018 - 1:51 AM   
 By:   Mephariel   (Member)

EDIT: Harry Gregson-Williams has been confirmed.

In 1998, Jerry Goldsmith created one of the best animated scores of all time imo. Who do you pick to follow up?

To me, there are many angles to look at this:

The director/composer angle:
Best choice: Harry Gregson-Williams (Hard to see Gustavo Santaolalla or Antônio Pinto)

The epic fantasy/historical angle:
Best choices: Howard Shore, John Debney, David Arnorld, Patrick Doyle, Christopher Young

The ethic sensibility angle:
Best choices: Hans Zimmer, Michael Giacchino, Klaus Badelt, Christopher Young

The Disney connection angle:
Best choices: John Debney, Michael Giacchino, Alan Menken

The regional/racial representation angle:
Best choices: Yu Peng, Elliot Leung, Toby Chu, Raymond Wong, Naoki Sato, Joe Hisaishi, Taro Iwashiro

The Gender Angle:
Best choices: Debbie Wiseman, Pinar Toprak, Sarah Class, Rachel Portman (The original choice)

My top choices are:

Debbie Wiseman
John Debney
Taro Iwashiro

Secondary choices:
Hans Zimmer, Sarah Class, Naoki Sato

Dark House choice:
Bear McCreary

 Posted:   Jul 4, 2018 - 1:57 AM   
 By:   governor   (Member)

Mark Mancina

 Posted:   Jul 4, 2018 - 2:13 AM   
 By:   GoblinScore   (Member)


 Posted:   Jul 4, 2018 - 2:14 AM   
 By:   JB Fan   (Member)

Why not just re-record & re-use Jerry's original score?
It perfectly worked with Prisoner of Zenda more than 65 years ago, probably this could works with Mulan too?

 Posted:   Jul 4, 2018 - 2:42 AM   
 By:   Drawgoon   (Member)

Gregson-Williams will likely be the top candidate. Besides having previous collaboration with the director he's also scored some large scaled big budget films (two Narnia films and Prince of Persia) for the studio. Should be enough for them to put their faith on him.

He's my top choice for the picture too; provided he takes the big and epic route, with no references to the animated feature's music.

 Posted:   Jul 4, 2018 - 2:59 AM   
 By:   davefg   (Member)

Not a who should, but a who has a high chance guess and on that basis I'd thrown in Djawadi into the mix. He's written for a Disney film (Wrinkle), he's scored a Chinese film (Great Wall) and he ticks the diversity box.

 Posted:   Jul 4, 2018 - 3:06 AM   
 By:   Shade777   (Member)

Joel McNeely. He is a superb composer (and highly underrated) and he already did a wonderful job in Mulan 2 (not a good film but a great score)

 Posted:   Jul 4, 2018 - 3:06 AM   
 By:   Shade777   (Member)

sorry double post

 Posted:   Jul 4, 2018 - 3:18 AM   
 By:   AdoKrycha007   (Member)

Balfe big grin big grin big grin

 Posted:   Jul 4, 2018 - 3:27 AM   
 By:   Drawgoon   (Member)

Joel McNeely. He is a superb composer (and highly underrated) and he already did a wonderful job in Mulan 2 (not a good film but a great score)

McNeely would be brilliant! How could I forget about him? Seems unlikely but brilliant nevertheless!

 Posted:   Jul 4, 2018 - 4:08 AM   
 By:   Washu   (Member)

I would pick Yoko Kanno. She has chops beyond all of your top choices. If not Kanno then Elliot Goldenthal. If not him then maybe Joe Hisaishi. These are probably my top 3.

 Posted:   Jul 4, 2018 - 5:33 AM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

George Shaw
Christopher Wong
Darren Fung

 Posted:   Jul 4, 2018 - 6:49 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

How about Rachel Portman? She was originally going to score the animated film, but had to bow out due to her pregnancy.

 Posted:   Jul 4, 2018 - 7:47 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)

Based off of The Monkey King, Christopher Young, though I would never say no to Joel McNeely.

 Posted:   Jul 4, 2018 - 9:07 PM   
 By:   Dr. Nigel Channing   (Member)


 Posted:   Jul 5, 2018 - 9:21 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

My first choice would be Joel McNeely. Aside from his animated sequel scores, he did additional material on "Air Force One", so he can mimic the Goldsmith sound (if asked, which seems unlikely for this film). With a more serious film and live action, I would think we'd get something more along the lines of what Jerry might have done.

My other choices would be (in no particular order):

  • John Debney.
  • Don Davis.
  • Lee Holdridge.
  • Gabriel Yared (yeah, once again I'm thinking of his rejected "Troy" score -- the choral epic masterpiece).
  • Conrad Pope.
  • Bruce Broughton.
  • Debbie Wiseman.
  • David Newman.
  • Nerida Tyson-Chew.
  • Velton Ray Bunch (yeah, you know it's a post by me for sure now!)

     Posted:   Jul 5, 2018 - 10:02 AM   
     By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

    I also vote for McNeely.


     Posted:   Jul 5, 2018 - 12:59 PM   
     By:   MRAUDIO   (Member)

    Right now, all I care about is Goldsmith’s original being released in complete form...:-)

     Posted:   Jul 5, 2018 - 4:56 PM   
     By:   Jens   (Member)

    I will second the enthusiasm for McNeely, and also add Folk and Broughton to the list.

    HOWEVER, my own pick is kind of a dark horse, based on his amazing video game scores and because he is one of the biggest Goldsmith fans that I know:

    Chad Seiter.

    He has already proven in Star Trek: The Video Game that he can write Goldsmithian music, and the orchestral parts of ReCore further cement this view in my eyes (The Eden Tower contains a clear homage to The Fire Dragon, for instance).

    Also, in my opinion, he has more of a unique voice than McNeely. I think with McNeely we'd get a really good Goldsmith emulation, but with Seiter we'd get a score in the spirit of Goldsmith.

    I am a little biased because I also count Chad as a friend, but I genuinely believe he would be best for the job and, if I were a director, I'd hire him without a second thought.

     Posted:   Jul 5, 2018 - 7:41 PM   
     By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)

  • Gabriel Yared (yeah, once again I'm thinking of his rejected "Troy" score -- the choral epic masterpiece).

    I can think of several big films that Yared's music would have elevated....sigh....

    You must log in or register to post.
      Go to page:    
    © 2020 Film Score Monthly. All Rights Reserved...