Rogue One news: Desplat out, Michael Giacchino to score the film instead

The news broke late last week that Michael Giacchino (The Incredibles, the new Star Trek films, etc.) had been brought in to score the latest Star Wars film, Rogue One: A Star Wars story, instead of Alexandre Desplat. And….to be perfectly honest, I’m not sure how I feel about that.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Giacchino’s film scores very much. But Star Wars isn’t just ANY film series, it’s (no pun intended), a whole universe unto itself. And for almost forty years only one man has created the music for that universe, that being John Williams. I’d finally been able to accept that Alexandre Desplat would be scoring the film, and I was really looking forward to it too, and then I read that (for reasons unknown), Desplat had been replaced. Considering that the film comes out in just under three months, that doesn’t leave a lot of time to compose and record the score.

I’m (mostly) sure that everything will still be fine….except I can’t quite get rid of the nagging feeling that Giacchino might make the score too “actioney.” If Rogue One doesn’t sound like a Star Wars film, it’s going to make it a lot harder for this film to succeed.

Hopefully I will be proven completely wrong in December and everything will turn out great. Until then….I’m probably going to be a tad nervous about it.

What do you think of Michael Giacchino scoring Rogue One? Should we be worried or is everything going to turn out fine? Let me know what you think! -Becky


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