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Godzilla 2 Composer Announced: Bear McCreary

Posted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:38 pm
by NateZilla10000
Announced at around the same time the trailer dropped, the news of the composer was soon swept away by the hype of other aspects of the film.

Bear McCreary (known most for God of War, the Walking Dead series, Battlestar Galactica, and 10 Cloverfield Lane) has been announced as the composer to Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

Furthermore, Mike Dougherty has offered insight on the score, promising that not only would translations of Godzilla's original theme return, but the themes of the other monsters as well.

Source: https://www.slashfilm.com/bear-mccreary-will-compose-godzilla-king-of-the-monsters-score-incorporating-classic-themes-comic-con-2018/

Of personal opinion, I am both disappointed and excited. On one hand, it's sad to see the Oscar-winning Alexandre Desplat go. He did a phenomenal job with 2014 and I was kind of hoping he would come back for the sequel; especially after listening to his score for Isle of Dogs (which I highly recommend, by the way).

Nonetheless, on the other hand, the news of the returning themes is nothing less than thrilling. I'm already imagining a revamped Ghidorah theme as he shreds through cities backed on his lightning storm.

This is gonna be fun. :D

And just to give an idea of McCreary's work:




Re: Godzilla 2 Composer Announced: Bear McCreary

Posted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:46 pm
by TyrantGojira
While I will miss the main theme Despalt has composed for Godzilla, I'm still incredibly excited to see what McCreary can bring to the table.

Re: Godzilla 2 Composer Announced: Bear McCreary

Posted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 9:06 pm
by Dr. Professor
God I just can't wait to hear Rodan's classic theme as he takes flight.

Re: Godzilla 2 Composer Announced: Bear McCreary

Posted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:14 pm
by GalacticPetey
I love his Agents of Shield work so this is great news.

Re: Godzilla 2 Composer Announced: Bear McCreary

Posted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:21 pm
by Tyrant_Lizard_King
I'm not overly familiar with his work but I'm fairly partial to the Walking Dead theme music. He's not someone I would have even remotely expected. I would have bet actual money on Douglas Pipes. Oh well I hope they use Rodan's theme from the original movie. Hard to see or imagine Ghidorah destroy poop and not hear his classic Ifukube theme.

Re: Godzilla 2 Composer Announced: Bear McCreary

Posted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:22 pm
by G-Matt
I didn't expect him to get the job, but I'm all for it. A part of me will miss Desplat, but the fact that we're going to get some Ifukube mixed in totally makes up for it.

Re: Godzilla 2 Composer Announced: Bear McCreary

Posted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:36 pm
by OpteraKaiju92
Not too familiar with his past work aside from GOW 4 overture - though if he had anything to do with the score of the trailer I think we're in good hands

Re: Godzilla 2 Composer Announced: Bear McCreary

Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 2:57 am
by GodzillaRangerPrime
Love the promise of Ifukube themes, but disappointed with the composer choice.
I wish they went with someone like Michael Giacchino, John Ottman, Brian Tyler, Steve Jablonsky, or one of the many Han Zimmer protégées.

I’m definitely glad Desplat isn’t back tho. Wasn’t a fan of his 2014 score at all.

Re: Godzilla 2 Composer Announced: Bear McCreary

Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 4:11 am
by jackzilla
YAS! I love this guy's work. The score of 10 Cloverfield Lane is one of my favorite film scores of all time, so I friggin love this news. Here's a taste of the awesome 10CFL score for those not familiar:

Re: Godzilla 2 Composer Announced: Bear McCreary

Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 5:53 am
by GoWhaleTours
Man. I really hope that if anything the at least carry over Godzilla’s 2014 theme in the opening credits. Kinda like how they kept the Spider-Man Main theme for Spider-Man 3 but changed composers.

Re: Godzilla 2 Composer Announced: Bear McCreary

Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:41 am
by xenotactics
GodzillaRangerPrime wrote:
I’m definitely glad Desplat isn’t back tho. Wasn’t a fan of his 2014 score at all.


I'm relieved on that count as well. Desplat's work during the buildup throughout was fine, but the monster action score felt aggressively un-Godzilla like. It pulled me out of the film during the climactic fight scenes with the MUTOs and made me feel like I wasn't watching a Godzilla film. As much as I appreciated all the hard work and respect that had gone into the movie, I was disappointed with the extent to which I didn't feel like I was watching a real Godzilla story unfold, and Desplat's score was the singlemost damaging contributor to lack of authenticity.

Re: Godzilla 2 Composer Announced: Bear McCreary

Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:57 am
by Godzilla165
McCreary is an excellent choice in my opinion; his work in GOW is absolutely beautiful, emotional and powerful.


Just imagine something like this for Mothra:

Re: Godzilla 2 Composer Announced: Bear McCreary

Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:35 am
by AtomicMorningBreath
Very excited to hear how the final score turns out. Very curious which Ifukube pieces they use. Dougherty said they will be using Godzilla "themes". He didn't specify which ones. Personally I hope they use the Godzilla March as opposed to the Godzilla Theme as I have always liked that one better and associated that one with the character more.

Re: Godzilla 2 Composer Announced: Bear McCreary

Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:49 am
by Xagzan
Y'all gotta watch Black Sails.

I loved his music for that, as well as his opening theme for Da Vinci's Demons, which I probably liked better than the show itself.

He also did the awesome title theme for NBC's short lived Constantine, which I thought was actually pretty enjoyable.

Of course, none of those sound like kaiju music, but he is a great composer. Happy to have him aboard. Never would've thought while I was watching all those shows, that someday he'd be scoring Godzilla.

Can't wait to hear the Ifukube themes.

Re: Godzilla 2 Composer Announced: Bear McCreary

Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:13 am
by Monster Zero
He also did the soundtrack for the AVGN movie.

Re: Godzilla 2 Composer Announced: Bear McCreary

Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:13 pm
by LegendaryGoji
Oh wow, I didn't know that. Good choice on James Rolfe.

Re: Godzilla 2 Composer Announced: Bear McCreary

Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:51 pm
by Dr. Professor
AtomicMorningBreath wrote:Very excited to hear how the final score turns out. Very curious which Ifukube pieces they use. Dougherty said they will be using Godzilla "themes". He didn't specify which ones. Personally I hope they use the Godzilla March as opposed to the Godzilla Theme as I have always liked that one better and associated that one with the character more.

I agree, plus I think the Godzilla March would fit this Godzilla's character much more.

Re: Godzilla 2 Composer Announced: Bear McCreary

Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:53 pm
by KingZillla
Thank God Desplat isn't back. Really didn't care for the 2014 score. The only moment I like from that score is when Godzilla is looking at Ford. The rest doesn't fit Godzilla at all

Re: Godzilla 2 Composer Announced: Bear McCreary

Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 11:02 pm
by Relair
I'm very excited by this guy's body of work, he seems well suited to do a Godzilla movie. I am a bit disappointed to see Desplat go though. I hope they use his main theme from G2014 for Godzilla at least once in awhile, I enjoyed it.

Re: Godzilla 2 Composer Announced: Bear McCreary

Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2018 11:47 pm
by GoWhaleTours
Relair wrote:I'm very excited by this guy's body of work, he seems well suited to do a Godzilla movie. I am a bit disappointed to see Desplat go though. I hope they use his main theme from G2014 for Godzilla at least once in awhile, I enjoyed it.

Agree.