With its Aug. 7, 2015, release date, The Fantastic Four is in the last throes of post-production work, including special effects and editing. But the last major component of moviemaking, the soundtrack, is completely incomplete. Now it seems that the task of putting the images to music will be given to composer Marco Beltrami (The Wolverine, Hellboy) and ... Philip Glass?
Glass is a classical composer with a sweeping and instantly recognizable style. He composed soundtracks for such movies as The Hours, but he was most famed for the soundtracks of Koyaanissqatsi, Powaqqatsi, and Naqoyjatsi, ethereal movies filled with images and absolutely no dialogue. In these movies, his soundtracks were the star.
Glass might not be the person you think of for a film about cosmic-ray-infused superheroics. His genre work has been limited to Candyman (1992), a new soundtrack to the 1931 classic Dracula and some of The Truman Show (1998). Additionally, some of his previously written works have been included in Watchmen (2009) and one episode of Battlestar Galactica.
However, Glass attracts fans of modernist, minimalist and avant-garde music -- just the sort of people who tend to veer away from superhero films -- and his following is ardent. Hiring him may be a way of attracting a new crowd of theatergoers who have never seen a rock-man with superhuman strength before.
What's your current favorite film score? Who's doing the best work in the sci-fi/fantasy/horror genres these days? Sound off in the comments.