Brian Tyler talks his upcoming “The Mummy” work and of the Jerry Goldsmith inspiration for the new soundtrack.
There’s only three more weeks until The Mummy releases and one of the most anticipated aspects of the film is the soundtrack. Scored by Brian Tyler and being released digitally and physically by Back Lot Music, The Mummy soundtrack will be one of the biggest releases for this summer. Tyler, who just received 5 BMI awards this month for his work on Fate of the Furious, Now You See Me 2, Power Rangers, H5-0, and Scorpion is following in the footsteps of some of the greats with his work on Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy, but he’ll also be following in the steps of Jerry Goldsmith, who arguably gave film one of the best scores ever – his score for 1999’s The Mummy. While at the BMI awards, Brian Tyler spoke more about his upcoming work on the first film in the Universal Monsters Universe of films, and gave fans one more reason to be excited for this to release:
“It was something where we really wanted to create a universe around The Mummy movie. It’s the Universal Monster Universe that’s starting. The Mummy lives in a universe of monsters that’s starting, it’s great. And for me, I loved the original series, well the recent and the original original back in the day with Boris Karloff. With all those movies, Bride of Frankenstein, you name it, but then when Jerry Goldsmith came along and did The Mummy – the interim Mummy, one of my favorite scores, so of course I had to give a nod to that, as well.”
Universal Monsters fans have long been divided on what constitutes a genuine Universal Monsters picture. While Stephen Sommers’ 1999 reboot does pay homage to Karl Freund’s original classic, many devotees to the original series have disowned the Brendan Fraser headlined film. With that said, The Mummy 1999 is a modern classic, with one of the reasons due to it’s masterful score by Jerry Goldsmith. It’s not only a wonderfully rousing and classically bent score, but it’s also positively Jerry Goldsmith in every way. With Brian Tyler behind 2017’s The Mummy, and also being one of the greatest of film composers to score the Universal Pictures fanfare, along with the late Goldsmith, it’s actually no surprise that he has given a nod to the 1999 Mummy score in his new work.
“Tom Cruise’s character Nick [Morton] is amazing. He’s great in the movie. And Russell Crowe’s character, you have Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in there. It’s beautifully shot, Alex Kurtzman shot it on film, 35 mm. He went out there, it looks gorgeous, and the London Phil Harmonia – we got out there and did really a classic kind of score – rousing, thematic! Really love doing those. It’s something you could really perform in concert.”
Brian Tyler has performed live in concert before. Wouldn’t it be great to see him tour again and perform his The Mummy score? If you’re excited to hear Brian Tyler’s The Mummy soundtrack, let us know in the comments below.
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Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy.
Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.
The Mummy is directed by Alex Kurtzman, from a script by Jon Spaihts, Dylan Kussman, and Christopher McQuarrie. The film stars Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Marwan Kenzari, Courtney B. Vance, Russell Crowe and Sofia Boutella. The film opens June 9, 2017.
(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)