After having written additional music for the previous Pirate films, we were very curious about Geoff Zanelli’s full take on the new Pirates of the Caribbean. We’re reviewing it right now and you will soon be able to read about it in detail. For now, here’s a preview of his score as well as the official press release that just came out:
Geoff Zanelli about scoring Pirates of the Caribbean 5
The Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Original Motion Picture Soundtrack physical and digital soundtrack is set for release from Walt Disney Records on May 26, 2017, the same day the film opens in U.S. theaters. As with the previous “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, and with a nod to its swashbuckling predecessors in the genre, music plays a integral role in “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” which features a score by Emmy®-winning composer Geoff Zanelli with melodies filled with excitement and intrigue as befits the pirates’ latest journey.
Zanelli said, “Pirates of the Caribbean was a dream project for me right from the very first film. To have served these iconic stories, which continue to inspire people young and old all over the world is easily one of the biggest highlights of my life. Musically, I took the helm right as the world of ‘Pirates’ expanded with a darker and more emotional tale than ever before, and there was no shortage of inspiration each day. Because I approached this with passion equal to the filmmakers, the actors, and everyone else involved, I can say this about my score for ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’: I meant every note.”
Also available digitally is the bonus track “He’s a Pirate” by Hans Zimmer vs. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. The original theme was introduced in “The Curse of the Black Pearl” by Oscar®-winning composer Hans Zimmer (“Interstellar,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Lion King”) and has been re-recorded by Belgian DJ and music producer duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike (listen to the preview below), who recently had two No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart.
About composer Geoff Zanelli
Composer Geoff Zanelli is a standout in the film and television scoring industry, garnering accolades and recognition for his diverse musical voice. Notably, his experience with the Pirates franchise goes back to its 2003 beginning, having contributed music and collaborated with composer Hans Zimmer. Some of his other credits include Steven Spielberg’s “Into The West,” Disney’s “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” “The Pacific,” “Disturbia,” “Hitman,” “Outlander” and more recently “Mortdecai,” for which he collaborated with Grammy®-award winning Mark Ronson on both the co-written score and songs.
About Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” also stars Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs, Golshifteh Farahani as the sea-witch Shansa, David Wenham as Scarfield, Stephen Graham as Scrum, and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa.
Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are directing “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” with Jerry Bruckheimer producing. The executive producers are Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Joe Caracciolo, Jr., Terry Rossio and Brigham Taylor. The story is by Jeff Nathanson and Terry Rossio, and Jeff Nathanson wrote the screenplay.