Composer Henry Jackman delivers a powerful score in the upcoming blockbuster Kong: Skull Island. The film is a reboot of the King Kong franchise and will serve as the second film in Legendary’s MonsterVerse, and as a prequel to the 2014 film Godzilla. This is the first collaboration between Henry Jackman and director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. Jackman states, “It was an amazing experience to work on a movie whose main character [King Kong] had such a rich Hollywood heritage. Bringing that character into the 21st century meant we were able to use the symphony orchestra one would expect from a Kong film, whilst simultaneously involving guitars and modern electronic elements. Working with Jordan was great – he brought his own unique take on an already established story.”
When a scientific expedition to an uncharted island awakens titanic forces of nature, a mission of discovery becomes an explosive war between monster and man. Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly star in a thrilling and original new adventure that reveals the untold story of how Kong became King. The film is distributed by Warner Bros. and opens in theaters March 10th. WaterTower Music is releasing the score soundtrack album, both digitally and physically, which is available March 10th.
Henry Jackman’s diverse educational background compliments his musical diversity that has underlined the complexity of his musical creations. Aside from the electronic music he began to produce in his early years, he assumed classical training at St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir School, Eton College and Oxford University. Shortly after graduating, Jackman was invited to join Hans Zimmer’s team at Remote Control Studios. Jackman won an Annie Award for Wreck-It Ralph, and was nominated for Discovery of the Year by the World Soundtrack Awards. 2013 marked a phenomenal year for Jackman as his scoring credits were attached to films grossing in excess of $1 billion. The geo-political music Jackman created for Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips earned him a Hollywood Music in Media Award for best score as well as a BAFTA nomination. In addition, Henry Jackman’s music for DreamWorks Animation’s “Turbo” was recognized with a 2014 Annie Award nomination in the best score category.
Recent projects include the Tom Cruise-led action thriller film Jack Reacher: Never Go Back as well as the American period drama, Birth of a Nation, which was based on the story of Nat Turner, the enslaved man who led a slave rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia, in 1831.
Upcoming projects for Jackman include the untitled sequel to Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph, as well as Kingsman: The Golden Circle, starring Jeff Bridges and Channing Tatum, which will be released in theaters later this year.