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Henry Jackman To Score The Predator

According to Film Music Reporter, The Predator now has a composer and it is Henry Jackman. Jackman quite a big list of credits to his name including Kong: Skull Island, Captain America: Civil War and The Winter Soldier, the Kingsman films and most recently Jumanji: Welcome 2 the Jungle.

 Henry Jackman To Score The Predator

Jackman has been nominated for several awards, including BAFTA nominations for his work on Captain Phillips and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. You can listen to some of Henry Jackman’s work below:

Alan Silvestri had previously expressed an interest in returning to score The Predator but it would appear that that ultimately didn’t come to fruition.

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  1. HuDaFuK
    A slight tangent, but for anyone interested, Intrada have re-released their expanded Predator soundtrack CD. Pretty sure it sold out in a matter of hours first time around.
  2. Wysps
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    "There’s something about having monsters in a movie that gives permission for film composers to write genuinely symphonic music. I don’t quite know why that is, but given that there’s a real vogue often for very simple ostinatos and a lot of production and powerful, long lines, which isn’t necessarily genuinely symphonic music. The great thing about once you’ve got a Godzilla on the screen or a King Kong, you’re expected to hear music of a certain symphonic grandeur. It doesn’t feel out of place in a way that you couldn’t do in other types of films. So big monster movies are a haven and a compositional oasis to deliver influences that stretch back through the Silvestris and the Jerry Goldsmiths right back to the source, which is sort of late Strauss and big grand 19th Century Austro-Germanic symphonic music, which really can’t find a home in most modern cinema."

    Preach.  Grand movie symbols require grand orchestrations to accompany their appearances on screen.  It's kind of unfortunate that the sounds of the Strausses, Schoenberg's, (maybe Wagners, Mahlers, and hell, some of the 20th century Russian composers while we're at it) have sort of been lost in cinema.  Event-type films I think try to incorporate some of the those same elements, but the temp scoring nonsense ends up making it just...ugh  :-\  It's nice to see a discussion like this taking place among some talented composers though.  I wish Silvestri was involved in this new film somehow, but I do appreciate Jackman's "appreciation" for that time period.  I don't expect anything opulent for this movie, but I do look forward to seeing what he does with it.  Great article and video  :)
  3. Danversity
    IMO Predator 2 had a way better score than the 1st, and was IMO one of the greatest scores in film history.

    Jackman has said before that the score for Predator 2 is his favorite and one of his main influences. It's in this video, near the end, I don't remember exactly what time:




    Nice find Danversity. It’s right at 38:57 basically when Jackman talks Predator 2. I really dig that he acknowledged the film & is now getting to score The Predator! I had looked up his previous work when hearing he was the composer for the new film. But really cool he gave the nod to the film & really liked the music from Predator 2 so much. Especially with the main man Alan Silvestri hanging out there!
    Also, Hans Zimmer even mentions how he thinks as far as soundtracks for action films go. He agrees with the score for Predator 2 being a favorite for him as well! Awesome documentary having so much different talent in one room there.

    Thanks! I especially like to see how Silvestri reacts upon hearing this, such a nice man.
  4. pmaz11
    IMO Predator 2 had a way better score than the 1st, and was IMO one of the greatest scores in film history.

    Jackman has said before that the score for Predator 2 is his favorite and one of his main influences. It's in this video, near the end, I don't remember exactly what time:




    Nice find Danversity. It’s right at 38:57 basically when Jackman talks Predator 2. I really dig that he acknowledged the film & is now getting to score The Predator! I had looked up his previous work when hearing he was the composer for the new film. But really cool he gave the nod to the film & really liked the music from Predator 2 so much. Especially with the main man Alan Silvestri hanging out there!

    Also, Hans Zimmer even mentions how he thinks as far as soundtracks for action films go. He agrees with the score for Predator 2 being a favorite for him as well! Awesome documentary having so much different talent in one room there.
  5. Danversity
    Nothing new, I just found this interview with Jackman for Skull Island, and there's a part where he specifically addresses his care for Silvestri's Predator score and monster movies. Check it out:

    Q: With this film setting up the inevitable meet between Kong and Godzilla coming up some time in the future – would you find it interesting to score that film if you were asked?

    Henry Jackman: Oh, that would be a no-brainer! It makes me think of a bigger or more open question, which is that there’s something about monsters which is a good thing for a film composer. You can go back to PREDATOR, and I hold Alan Silvestri’s [score for] PREDATOR in great reverence.  People may not think of PREDATOR as one of the classiest films ever made, but I think it’s a great film. What particularly elevates the film beyond what it otherwise would have been is Alan Silvestri’s fantastic score, which uses a really cool octatonic scale and it’s just really imaginative. There’s something about an alien monster or an otherly creature that seems to bring out some very interesting music. It’s because monsters allow this kind of grand scale, especially in 2017 where many films which are contemporary don’t necessarily invite a symphonic grandeur. There’s something about having monsters in a movie that gives permission for film composers to write genuinely symphonic music. I don’t quite know why that is, but given that there’s a real vogue often for very simple ostinatos and a lot of production and powerful, long lines, which isn’t necessarily genuinely symphonic music. The great thing about once you’ve got a Godzilla on the screen or a King Kong, you’re expected to hear music of a certain symphonic grandeur. It doesn’t feel out of place in a way that you couldn’t do in other types of films. So big monster movies are a haven and a compositional oasis to deliver influences that stretch back through the Silvestris and the Jerry Goldsmiths right back to the source, which is sort of late Strauss and big grand 19th Century Austro-Germanic symphonic music, which really can’t find a home in most modern cinema. I mean, try doing that in THE REVENANT! It’s completely inappropriate!  THE REVENANT is a beautiful score that has this fantastic minimalist approach to orchestral writing, which is absolutely beautiful and utterly suits it. The great advantage of seeing Godzilla hammering the crap out of King Kong, if that should ever happen, is that it’s a similar thing. It would be expected to be feeling the full force of a symphony orchestra in its full glory and tradition. I don’t know why monsters invite that, but they do – for whatever reason!

    Here's the link to the full interview: https://musiquefantastique.com/something-about-monsters-henry-jackman-kong-skull-island/

    Boy I'm REALLY looking forward to his take on The Predator!
  6. ace3g
    If you are looking for scoring posts, I would vulture the social media accounts of these individuals.

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    Music Department
    Jonathan Beard    ...    orchestrator
    Alex Belcher    ...    composer: additional music
    Stephen Coleman    ...    lead orchestrator
    Stephen Hilton    ...    composer: additional music
    Benjamin Hoff    ...    assistant orchestrator
    Henry Jackman    ...    composer: theme music
    Dave Jordan    ...    music supervisor
    Will Kaplan    ...    music editor
    Alex Klingle    ...    trailer music
    Alan Meyerson    ...    music scoring mixer
    Peter Rotter    ...    orchestra contractor
    Peter Oso Snell    ...    music editor
    Trygge Toven    ...    music supervisor
    Edward Trybek    ...    conductor / orchestrator
    Marijke van Niekerk    ...    singer
    Devaughn Watts    ...    assistant music editor
    Booker White    ...    music preparation
    Henri Wilkinson    ...    orchestrator
  7. ace3g


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    The studio scoring session from above. #HenryJackman conducting the orchestra for the film, #Predator Courtesy of #ScoringSessions



    This is from Peter Oso Snell's IG page who is listed as Music Editor on IMDB for The Predator.
  8. Xenomrph
    Loved the music he did for the Kingsman movies. Looking forward to seeing what he does for this.
    Oh shit! I forgot he did the soundtrack for Kingsman, that's one of my favorite soundtracks.

    Yeah, I gotta say I loved the Kingsman theme and score. I know it's a little disappointing we've not got Silvestri back but I think that was always a long-shot. When I saw Wolverine Composer had worked on Kingsman I perked up quite a bit!
    One of my favorite parts of the Kingsman soundtrack is that it uses the main Kingsman melody in almost every track but does so in creative ways so it never feels stale, while simultaneously giving the soundtrack a unifying and instantly identifiable "theme".

    I really like the initial credits music from 'Captain America: Winter Soldier', and it's the one track you can't buy on iTunes. :P

  9. Corporal Hicks
    Loved the music he did for the Kingsman movies. Looking forward to seeing what he does for this.
    Oh shit! I forgot he did the soundtrack for Kingsman, that's one of my favorite soundtracks.

    Yeah, I gotta say I loved the Kingsman theme and score. I know it's a little disappointing we've not got Silvestri back but I think that was always a long-shot. When I saw Wolverine Composer had worked on Kingsman I perked up quite a bit!
  10. Hollywood
    Loved his Magneto theme in First Class, and his score for Winter Soldier was very Metal Gear Solid-esque to me. If I had to guess, maybe Silvestri's asking price was too high for Fox, right after they just allocated part of the budget towards 3D.

    I just listened to the Magneto one, thanks for bringing it up. I didn't remember it since it's been so long since I watched 'First Class' but I like it!
  11. Dan
    I can't believe they can't have Silvestri for this..thats sad they rather  spend money to convert the movie to 3d.
    Jackman is not a bad composer he was inspired by Silvestri thats clear from  the Kong movie what I liked but this time we miss the opportunity to hear how Silvestri would revisit and extend the universe he created for the first two movie.
    He expressed interest to come back 28 years after Predator 2 and they decide not to call him back? Thats truly sad.He talked about it months ago so they can work out the schedule for him.In Predators soundtrack he's originality was also missed and I hoped Black will bring him back.
  12. KiramidHead
    Loved his Magneto theme in First Class, and his score for Winter Soldier was very Metal Gear Solid-esque to me. If I had to guess, maybe Silvestri's asking price was too high for Fox, right after they just allocated part of the budget towards 3D.
  13. Petr Švancara
    Azamultic - I dont know what to say, really. . there is a zero luck with this movie from its beginning, script is strange if not crazy (I still hope it is huge joke) cast, actors are. . weak, weak is the right word. Constant delays all the time (I dont believe they have planned reshoots when they have numerous delays) and now this, Alan Silvestri is out of the game. The man who defined a couple of times the tone behind our favourite hunter is gone. For me, this is more than about music, guys. . just look at him, Alan Silvestri is really also a good person, he is serious and very intelligent man. I dont believe that Hanry Jackman can do something good as Silvestri, in this video below. . he act more like a child. . nothing against him, but personaly I just dont believe that a human with this type of behaviour can produce the same level of quality as Alan Silvestli himself. Hanry Jackman have totally different character, its a completely different person after all. . you know what I mean? Yes, his score will be propably ok, but it would be far away from Silvestri work, say what you want, I just feel it. Lets wait for a couple of more schocking surprises in the near future, the producton if this movie is still on its way.
  14. JungleHunter87
    I’m not gonna lie, seeing this news kinda made me sad. I’d have loved for Silvestri to return and see what he would have done differently. Or what he would have added too the soundtrack that he made so iconic in this first two films. Especially since he was pretty vocal about his desire to return.

    Having said that, I’m not against Henry Jackman. He’s a fine composer and I welcome him with open arms. I hope his soundtrack for this film fits in and also stands on its own all at the same time.
  15. azamultic
    Petr, it could be the schedule problems and technical things. We don't know if Alan is still free, he expressed his interest a while ago.
    What I find funny is that Henry Jackamn said in interview that soundtrack for first predator or the second really impressed him, and did inspired him. Also Hans Zimmer said that Predator 2 has the best action lesson soundtrack. Watch this video on the 39:00 minute

  16. Petr Švancara
    They rather choose someone who have a zero experience in the terms of a Predator, I dont get this. They dont have enough money or what? Alan Silvestri recent work was on Ready Player One. . that film is finished, he is free right now. . available for anyone, yet they still choose a different composer. I guess that Predators in cargo pants are a hard reality. . judging by all the shocking news about this film.
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