Star Wars fans everywhere are choosing sides. Some are on Team Abrams, others…haven’t punched their tickets yet. (F.Y.I. I have already pledged full, undying allegiance to Team Abrams.) No matter what side you are on there is no denying that bringing on J.J. Abrams adds a fresh, clean breath of air to what just may be the most beloved franchise in movie history. What J.J. has accomplished with Star Trek reboot is nothing short of outstanding. His choice of cast, tone and superior storytelling abilities gave Trekkies chills in the first film. After seeing the trailers for his upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness it is obvious that this one will take the term “action packed” to a whole new level and it looks to somehow be even better than the first outing.
In contemplating the new Star Wars I was thinking that if you REALLY wanted to stir things up and have a entirely new vibe, why not update the score. I know, I know, John Williams work on the original series is THE most identifiable music in pop culture…EVER. It’s majestic, sweeping sound instantly takes you to a galaxy far far away. Williams has even gone on record saying that he would gladly come back and score the upcoming movies.
To truly introduce the sci-fi franchise to a whole new generation it deserves a complete new path. JJ is an excellent choice for director but as we know, the music helps set the tone and tell the story so it too warrants new direction. And for that, I introduce Mr Trent Reznor. Reznor’s work with his band Nine Inch Nails is legendary and he is currently working on a side project with his wife, a group called How To Destroy Angels. As odd as it may seem, the pairing has already proven itself to work exceptionally well. Both J.J. Abrams and Trent Reznor collaborated together on the hit series Fringe for a promo spot.
In a meeting back in 2009, while discussing an upcoming commercial for the series, the marketing staff showed a promo with one of Reznor’s songs being used. Knowing a good thing when he hears it, Fringe exec producer Jeff Pinkner simply asked a nearby Reznor acquaintance, series co-creator J.J. Abrams, if the NIN musician might be interested in a collaboration. Abrams reached out to his friend and one email later, Reznor was onboard. Reznor was offered compensation for the work but simply said, “No, no, I just want to have fun and be part of something cool.“
Reznor is not new to the film industry. Reznor scored David Fincher’s film, “The Social Network” for which he and collaborator Atticus Ross received the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score and the Academy Award for Original Score. He followed that work up in 2011 with another Fincher film, this time The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. This time around Reznor and Ross were nominated for the 2012 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score and actually won the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for their efforts.
In my mind Reznor is the final piece to the upcoming Star Wars puzzle that would give it the grounds to be something truly special and potentially epic. Only time will tell just who will take up the musical reigns but my vote is pretty obvious. Let me know YOUR thoughts below. I’m sure Star Wars purist are gonna hate this opinion but it is just that, my opinion. One thing to remember, is that I too love this series and can’t WAIT to see where it goes from here. This next chapter in the Star Wars mythos will expose fans new and old to intergalactic stories that will be told again and again. I got goosebumps the other day when my 7 year old son said to me, “Dad, we really need to watch Star Wars again.” To that I simply replied, with a huge smile, “Why yes Asher, yes we do.”