Rogue One composer Michael Giacchino describes music of the Star Wars standalone – Entertainment Weekly
That’s when the composer for the Star Wars stand-alone movie, Oscar-winner Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Argo), dropped out. The movie had undergone reshoots over the summer, and scheduling difficulties were cited by Lucasfilm as the official reason for the breakup.
Just three months before its release, this was a major upheaval.
But then, if this behind-the-scenes drama still had its own orchestral accompaniment, the thundering drums would quicken into a frenetic pulse. Plucky pizzicato strings would underscore the absurd one-month deadline the new composer faced.
The hero rising up to save the day: Michael Giacchino, another Oscar-winner for Pixar’s Up, whose other credits include the Star Trek reboots, Doctor Strange, Inside Out, and the TV series Lost.
Fans also know him for his swelling scores to the Medal of Honor and Call of Duty video games, and he’s a lifelong geek whose studio is stacked with memorabilia, collectibles, and action figures from comic book and sci-fi history. Next up for him: the music to Spider-Man: Homecoming.
In between Doctor Strange and Spidey, Giacchino was supposed to have a brief break. But instead, he found himself rushing into another galaxy. He just finished recording music for the Star Wars movie two weeks ago. In between sessions, he spoke to EW about the breakneck project.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So you were a late addition to the Rogue One crew…
MICHAEL GIACCHINO: Yes, literally the last thing I expected I’d be doing this month would be this. I mean we were literally planning a vacation when I got the call asking if I could come and talk to them about it. At the time, it left me with literally four and a half weeks to write. So it was one of those decisions where you’re like, okay, well… And I was talking to my brother about it. He goes, “Oh, come on. You’ve been writing this score since you were 10! You can do this.”