War for the Planet of the Apes Soundtrack

Sony Music has released the original motion picture soundtrack for War of the Planet of the Apes, featuring music from the Academy and Grammy winning composer Michael Giacchino. The third film in the rebooted Planet of the Apes series (following 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes and 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), the film was written and directed by Matt Reeves and screenwriter Mark Bomback. War for the Planet of the Apes finds Caesar and the apes confronting a human army led by a Colonel who will stop at nothing to destroy the apes.

After suffering horrific losses at the hands of the Colonel’s army, Caesar comes to terms with his darker side and sets out for revenge. Caesar and the Colonel eventually comes face to face in a battle with the highest possible stakes: the survival of their respective species.

Reeves calls Giacchino’s score “beautiful, inventive, epic, and above all, profoundly emotional. I know I am biased, but I think his score for War ranks among his absolute best. He is a simply master musical storyteller”.

It turns out that Michael Giacchino has been a fan of the Planet of the Apes films since childhood, saying “As a kid, I used to draw the Apes from the film non-stop, including creating little flip-books about them. So if having the opportunity to write the score for the latest installment of one of my favorite film franchises from my childhood isn’t enough, I have had the added pleasure of working on it with the equally Apes-obsessed director Matt Reeves. We both approach our work on these new films with the very same enthusiasm that we had as children, and that makes us one very happy team. Filmmaking is demanding and filled with days of intense work, but it is still FUN for us. I hope you can sense some of that joy and reverence for what came before in this new work for War for the Planet of the Apes.”


Michael Giacchino’s work has been featured in some of the most popular films of recent years, including Ratatouille, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Jurassic World, The Incredibles, Inside Out, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Up, for which the composer won an Oscar, two Grammys, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and the Broadcast Film Critics’ Choice Award.

The composer’s obsession with film started while he was growing up in Edgewater Park, NJ, where he made his first film at just 10 years old. He would later study filmmaking at NYC’s School of Visual Arts. After graduation, he worked in Disney’s marketing department while studying composition at Julliard and later, UCLA. His professional career also advanced; he became a producer for Disney Interactive, which gave Giacchino the chance to begin composing for video games.

A move to a producer position at DreamWorks Interactive saw the composer scoring for the video game version of The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Steven Spielberg was so impressed with Giacchino’s temp track for the game that he was brought on as the composer. The game was the first for PlayStation to feature a live orchestral score. The composer has kept on composing for video games and his scores for the Medal of Honor series have won widespread acclaim.

It was Michael’s video game work which brought him to J.J. Abrams’ attention and the two have been working together frequently ever since. Giacchino’s work can be heard in the TV series Lost and Alias and the Abrams-helmed films Super 8, Star Trek: Into Darkness and Mission Impossible III.

Seemingly tireless, the composer has also worked with Disney Imagineering for music for Star Tours (along with John Williams), Space Mountain and the Disneyland Paris Ratatouille ride; he also took on the role of musical director for the 81st Annual Academy Awards. Giacchino’s music for Ratatouille, Star Trek and Star Trek: Into Darkness is also performed live to picture by orchestras in concert halls around the world.

In the past year alone, Michael Giacchino’s work was featured in the films Star Wars Rogue One (the first Star Wars score not to be composed by John Williams), Dr. Strange, Zootopia and Star Trek Beyond. Other than War for the Planet of the Apes, this year’s projects include Spider Man: Homecoming and The Book of Henry. The composer also serves on the advisory boards of Education Through Music Los Angeles and as Governor of the Music Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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