Those pesky Rogue One reshoots just won't go away, and now they've gone and cost Rogue One: A Star Wars Story its composer. Alexander Desplat will no longer be scoring Rogue One, but fear not: Disney alum, Michael Giacchino, has stepped in to fill the maestro's shoes...
Michael Giacchino (pronounced Jack-Eno), has a long history with Disney, scoring some of Pixar's bigger hits (Incredibles, Up, Inside Out) and his close relationship with J.J. Abrams (Star Trek) had me wondering if we might see him score The Force Awakens, back in the day. For now though Michael will be handling the spin off film(s). Maybe that's a good way to set him up to succeed John Williams when the legend feels its time to leave the galaxy far, far away.
The news came via The Hollywood Reporter late on Thursday. Michael is no stranger to Star Wars, according to THR, as the composer played a Stormtrooper in The Force Awakens.
I seem to remember, a few months ago, that Alexander Desplat was asked if he had stated composing the Rogue One score. The question came as Alexander was on the red carpet for another project and he said he hadn't. This caused a few ripples at the time, with some suggesting the delay was a sign that Alexander would be leaving the project. As I remember this was before "Reshoot Gate" which could have been a sign that a delay was imminent. It's clear now though that the reshoots/pick ups and apparent restructure of Rogue One has caused significant enough delay that a scheduling conflict has arisen, and Alexander Desplat has left the project.
How do you feel about Alexander leaving Rogue One? Is this simply a scheduling issue or could there be more at play here? What are your feelings about Michael Giaccino stepping in? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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