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One of the developing projects I'm keeping an eye on is Matt Reeves' 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.' Not just because 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' was so good, mind you, but because the prospect of an inevitable ape uprising scares the mushed bananas out of me. So far, the production news on this sci-fi sequel has involved the impressive and ever-increasing cast. Andy Serkis returns as the ape Caesar, joined by new franchise additions Gary Oldman, Judy Greer, and Keri Russell. The latest news however, has to do with the more musical side of the film. Michael Giacchino ('Star Trek') has been hired to score 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.' The composer himself confirmed this news in a tweet. 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' arrives in theaters May 23rd, 2014.
This is fantastic news! Michael Giacchino is one of the best composers working today, and his work more than speaks for itself. When J.J. Abrams was put in the driver's seat for 'Star Wars: Episode VII,' given their frequent past collaborations, there was some question as to whether Giacchino would score the new 'Star Wars' or if franchise veteran John Williams would return. Williams ended up getting the gig, but it didn't take long for Giacchino to find another franchise on which to leave his mark. I have to say, even though I really like 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes,' there is nothing remarkable about its score. It's not bad at all, it's just not memorable. Looking at the catalog of 'Rise's composer, Patrick Doyle, that seems to be a common theme with his career; nothing awful, but nothing you could call to mind either. I'm excited to see what a dynamic and exciting composer like Giacchino does with this opportunity.
What do you guys think? Are you excited Giacchino is scoring 'Dawn?' Do you agree the score from 'Rise' could use some improvement?