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Bear McCreary to Score Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Will Use Ifukube Themes

Bear McCreary to Score Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Will Use Ifukube Themes

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One of the biggest announcements to come out of the Godzilla panel at San Diego Comic Con, was the film's composer. The incredible Bear McCreary will be taking over scoring duties from the last film's Alexandre Desplat.

Bear McCreary hit massive popularity with his music in the 2004 series Battlestar Galactica. Since then he's moved on to compose music for other popular science fiction television, including Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and the current Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

He's stepped into the realm of monsters with his work on both Cloverfield sequels, 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) and The Cloverfield Paradox (2018). He also composed the music for the Anne Hathaway led Colossal (2017). Recently he composed music for the latest entry in the God of War video game series.

He announced on Twitter:

I am thrilled to be the composer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and honored beyond words to have the opportunity to contribute to one of cinema's longest-running musical legacies.

Indeed, McCreary joins Masaru Sato, Michiru Oshima, Koh Otani and the legendary Akira Ifukube as a composer of the Godzilla franchise.

Speaking of Ifukube, those who wanted to hear Godzilla's classic theme in the 2014 film will get their wish next year. Godzilla's theme by Ifukube will make a comeback next year. Director Michael Dougherty responded to a question from the audience, confirming Godzilla's classic theme (and maybe others) will be in the movie:

"The answer is yes. We will finally hear Godzilla's classic theme--Possibly some other themes."

Another recent Warner Brothers movie brought back Godzilla's theme, via Alan Silvestri--Ready Player One. You can listen to Silvestri's take on Ifukube's theme below:

Godzilla: King of the Monsters stars Kyle Chandler (Super 8, Friday Night Lights), Vera Farmiga (The Departed), Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), O'Shea Jackson (Straight Outta Compton), Aisha Hinds (If I Stay), Anthony Ramos (Hamilton), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Randy Havens (Stranger Things), Ken Watanabe, (Godzilla), Sally Hawkins (Godzilla), Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley), Bradley Whitford (Get Out, West Wing) and Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). The film will be directed by Michael Dougherty from his screenplay co-written by Zach Shields. Alex Garcia is producing. The film bows May 31st, 2019.
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This article was written By G. H. (Gman) and published on 2018-07-23 10:29:29

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BaragonMember159 XPJul-23-2018 10:40 AM

I had to go back and play it to be reminded of Ifukube's Godzilla theme.  Only took a few notes... I remember it quite well.  It will be a nice nod and addition to the score.


TitanosaurusMember567 XPJul-23-2018 11:46 AM

you can really tell that there are Godzilla fans working behind the scenes for this movie which just is gonna make this movie better and better. for them to include the classic Godzilla theme was no big surprise for me because of that.


BaragonMember199 XPJul-23-2018 12:23 PM

He's also done some phenomenal music in The Walking Dead. Looking forward to what he brings.

Super Godzilla

Mothra LarvaeMember56 XPJul-23-2018 12:52 PM

Music can make the moment, should be epic.

The Jurassic Bootleg

BaragonMember468 XPJul-23-2018 2:27 PM

I hope they keep some of the previous film's soundtrack.


Mothra LarvaeMember13 XPJul-23-2018 2:53 PM

Guy who did the music for God of War is doing music for Godzilla...guess he only makes music for the Gods.

King Death

Mothra LarvaeMember29 XPJul-23-2018 4:51 PM

Yeah I was just going to say it failed to mention his work on  THE WALKING DEAD, as well as ARROW, BLACK SAILS, METALOCALYPSE, DAMIEN, BLACK MIRROR, and DAMIEN. Not to mention he was a member of Danny Elfman's band Oingo Boingo.


TitanosaurusMember667 XPJul-23-2018 6:15 PM

This is good news. 

G. H. (Gman)

GodzillaAdmin5128 XPJul-23-2018 8:14 PM

The Jurassic Bootleg,
Very unlikely.


TitanosaurusMember926 XPJul-24-2018 4:39 AM



SpaceGodzillaAdmin22520 XPJul-24-2018 5:49 AM

So awesome to hear that Ifukube's Godzilla theme will be featured! This Godzilla film will be taking it to the next level. Adam Wingard will have his work cut out for him to keep up with Dougherty for Godzilla vs. Kong.


Mothra LarvaeMember15 XPJul-25-2018 5:43 AM

I like a lot of his work. The soundtrack and graphics were just about the only good things about the new God of War (Dad of Bore, ugh) but I'm excited nonetheless. I think he's definitely got what it takes to paint an epic soundscape for Godzilla and co. His work on 10 Cloverfield Lane was excellent and I believe that he'll be a wonderful successor to Desplat. 


Also, this film seems to have some very intelligent and tasteful sensibilities, specifically shown by the use of Debussy's Claire de Lune in the trailer.

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