In Joseph Kosinski’s first film, Tron: Legacy, he managed to get the legendary electronic duo Daft Punk to score the cyber punk sequel. The group’s futuristic electronic score created a deep and rich atmosphere and their music may have been the best part of a pretty good movie. Kosinski is making that gamble again by bringing on the French electronic band M83 to score his new sci-fi film Oblivion.
M83 joins a list of bands and popular solo artists including Jonny Greenwood, The Chemical Brothers and Trent Reznor doing film scores for popular movies. Anthony Gonzalez, the front man for M83, told The Playlist…
I’ve wanted to do soundtracks for so long, and starting with such an ambitious project, especially in the sci-fi category, means a lot to me… My vision is really to have a combination of very electronic moments, very M83, and sometimes merge into something more soundtrack-y, but my kind of soundtracks.
Oblivion will star Tom Cruise and feature Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Zoe Bell, Andrea Riseborough, Melissa Leo and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Kosinski has been developing this project for years and shares a writing credit with William Monahan (The Departed). The story follows Jack (Tom Cruise), a free spirit who saves a woman from the wreckage of a crashed spacecraft.
Kosinski continues to say his sci-fi story has a large scope. Although it takes place in a vast world, it’s a mostly character driven film. He wants M83’s music to fill in the gap between small and intimate, and broad and massive. He emphasizes the emotional beats of Oblivion and how it relates to the score. The audience must feel the film is triumphant but at the same time personal.
Oblivion will be released by Universal on April 26th 2013.