Michael Giacchino to Score LET ME IN, UNDERCOVERS; THE OTHER GUYS Groove to the Sounds of Jon Brion

     July 6, 2010


As a regular for both J.J. Abrams (Lost, Star Trek) and Pixar (Ratatouille, Up), Michael Giacchino has proven to be one of the medium’s most reliable composers in recent years; after this year’s win for Up, he’s got an Oscar to prove it.  According to an announcement on Giacchino’s website, the composer will re-team with Cloverfield director Matt Reeves for the vampire thriller Let Me In.  Meanwhile Abrams, the man who introduced the two as producer of Cloverfield, has procured Giacchino’s services for at least the pilot (and hopefully more) of the NBC spy drama Undercovers.  And with that, both promising projects added another 1/4c of promise.

Hit the jump for details on Jon Brion’s score for the Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg cop comedy, The Other Guys.

other_guys_movie_poster_will_ferrell_mark_wahlberg_01After the Paul Thomas Anderson films Hard Eight, Magnolia, and Punch-Drunk Love introduced him to cinema, Brion achieved godlike status in the hearts of film buffs and scene kids in 2004 with soundtracks for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and I Heart Huckabees.  Though Brion hasn’t exactly abandon cinematic pursuits, his work has been more prevalent in such commercial fare like The Break-Up and Step Brothers.  (Of course, his 2008 score for Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York was probably enough to maintain arthouse cred for years.)

This move is in the same direction, as Brion has reportedly re-teamed with Step Brothers cohorts Adam McKay and Will Ferrell for The Other Guys.  Following a test screening, an IMDB commenter closed their mixed review,

“On a side note, if anyone cares to know, Jon Brion scored this movie, which you can barely tell because it sounds like the soundtrack to any other action film. See if maybe you can point out some Brion-isms in the music.”

I’m always up for a distinctive Brion score, but that’s not always what the job calls for.  Melodic pop flourishes probably aren’t the best accent to Samuel L. Jackson threatening to “work your mouth like a puppet.”

The Other Guys is slated for release on August 6, 2010.  Here’s a synopsis:

Detective Allen Gamble is a forensic accountant who’s more interested in paperwork than hitting the streets. Detective Terry Hoitz is a tough guy who has been stuck with Allen as his partner ever since an unfortunate run-in with Derek Jeter. Allen and Terry idolize the city’s top cops, Danson and Highsmith, but when an opportunity arises for the Other Guys to step up, things don’t quite go as planned.

let_me_in_poster_iceBacktracking a bit, here’s a synopsis for Let Me In, which hits theaters on October 1, 2010:

An alienated 12-year-old boy befriends a mysterious young newcomer in his small New Mexico town, and discovers an unconventional path to adulthood in Let Me In, a haunting and provocative thriller written and directed by filmmaker Matt Reeves (Cloverfield).

Twelve-year old Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is viciously bullied by his classmates and neglected by his divorcing parents. Achingly lonely, Owen spends his days plotting revenge on his middle school tormentors and his evenings spying on the other inhabitants of his apartment complex. His only friend is his new neighbor Abby (Chloe Moretz), an eerily self-possessed young girl who lives next door with her silent father (Oscar®nominee Richard Jenkins). A frail, troubled child about Owens’s age, Abby emerges from her heavily curtained apartment only at night and always barefoot, seemingly immune to the bitter winter elements. Recognizing a fellow outcast, Owen opens up to her and before long, the two have formed a unique bond.

When a string of grisly murders puts the town on high alert, Abby’s father disappears, and the terrified girl is left to fend for herself. Still, she repeatedly rebuffs Owen’s efforts to help her and her increasingly bizarre behavior leads the imaginative Owen to suspect she’s hiding an unthinkable secret.

The gifted cast of Let Me In takes audiences straight to the troubled heart of adolescent longing and loneliness in an astonishing coming-of-age story based on the best-selling Swedish novel Lat den Ratte Komma In (Let the Right One In) by John Ajvide Lindqvist, and the highly-acclaimed film of the same name.

Lastly, a synopsis for Undercovers, which will air Wednesdays at 8/7c starting in September:


Acclaimed writer/producer/director J.J. Abrams (“Star Trek,” “Fringe,” “Lost,” “Alias”) serves as co-writer, executive producer – and also directs – his first direction of a TV series pilot since “Lost” in “Undercovers” with executive producer/writer Josh Reims (“Brothers and Sisters”).  “Undercovers” is a sexy, fun, action-packed spy drama that proves once and for all that marriage is still the world’s most dangerous partnership.

Outwardly, Steven Bloom (Boris Kodjoe, “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion,” “Soul Food,” “Resident Evil: Afterlife”) and his wife, Samantha (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, “Doctor Who,” “Bonekickers”), are a typical married couple who own a small catering company in Los Angeles and are helped by Samantha’s easily frazzled younger sister, Lizzy (Jessica Parker Kennedy, “Smallville”).  Secretly, the duo were two of the CIA’s best spies until they fell in love on the job five years ago and retired.  When fellow spy and friend Nash (Carter MacIntyre, “American Heiress”) goes missing while on the trail of a Russian arms dealer, the Blooms are reinstated by boss Carlton Shaw (Gerald McRaney, “Deadwood”) to locate and rescue Nash.

The pair is thrust back into the world of espionage as they follow leads that span the globe — and Steven and Samantha realize that this supercharged, undercover lifestyle provides the excitement and romance that their marriage has been missing.  Also starring is Ben Schwartz (NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”).  “Undercovers” is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television.  The pilot was written by J.J. Abrams & Josh Reims and directed by Abrams.  Abrams, Reims and Bryan Burk (“Fringe,” “Lost, “Alias”) are the executive producers.

(Props to The Playlist for finding both stories.)