Michael Giacchino is one of the best composers working today. It’s difficult to imagine Up, Lost, and The Incredibles without his beautiful scores. A new profile of Giacchino in Variety reveals that his upcoming slate of films includes John Lasseter’s Cars 2 (Randy Newman scored the first film), J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 (the pair have worked together since Abrams hired Giacchino to do Alias back in 2001), the fourth Mission: Impossible (which is being directed by Incredibles helmer Brad Bird), and John Carter of Mars (which is directed by Andrew Stanton whose previous work includes Finding Nemo and WALL-E). Giacchino is also set to adapt John Williams’ themes for the revamped Star Tours ride at Disneyland. He’s also doing an original piece for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra next fall.
Variety reports that Giacchino’s due to be finished with Cars 2 in the spring. This year he’s already done the PBS documentary Earth Days, the Pixar short Day & Night, the holiday special Prep and Landing, Matt Reeves’ Let Me In, and Abrams’ pilot for NBC’s Undercovers, and doing the music for the final season of Lost. The dude is impressive and now I have another reason to look forward to Cars 2, Super 8, M:I-4, and John Carter of Mars.