EXCLUSIVE: Oscar successful Up composer Michael Giacchino shall be making his huge display directing debut with a model new reboot of the 1954 sci-fi man-eating monster film Them! at Warner Bros.
Giacchino is at present assembly with writers in hopes of getting the manufacturing up fairly quickly.
Within the unique Gordon Douglas directed movie, which was additionally a Warner Bros. launch, an enormous nest of irradiated ants are found within the New Mexico desert and turn out to be a nationwide menace when two younger queen ants and their consorts escape to set-up new nests. The nationwide search that ensues culminates in a battle in spillways and storm drains of Los Angeles.
“There’s at all times a film in your thoughts that by no means leaves your head,” Giacchino tells Deadline, “For me, that’s Them! It wasn’t till a lot later in life till I discovered what it was about — the nuclear age.”
“What I like about Them! is precisely what it’s known as: Them!,” he provides, “It’s concerning the different, the unknown which one refuses or can’t perceive.”
“The present model of Them! is about immigration, and to inform a narrative concerning the topic via a lens of this insane science fiction monster film,” teases Giacchino about what his early imaginative and prescient is for the pic.
The composer of huge franchise movies akin to Spider-Man: No Manner Residence, Star Trek, The Batman, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and extra has been trying to make tentpoles of his personal for fairly a while. Final yr he directed the Marvel Studios/Disney+ particular Werewolf by Night time which follows a lycanthrope superhero who fights evil utilizing the skills given to him by a curse introduced on by his bloodline. Giacchino additionally beforehand helmed the quick Monster Problem and an episode of Paramount+’s Star Trek: Quick Treks.
Giacchino additionally plans to attain Them! in the identical method that he scored Werewolf by Night time, Monster Problem and Star Trek: Quick Treks. He additionally plans to have his filmmaker brother, Anthony Giacchino, concerned within the manufacturing of Them!. Anthony Giacchino directed the Disney+ documentary about his composer-turned-filmmaker brother, Director by Night time. Anthony Giacchino can be an Oscar winner, having received for the 2021 quick topic documentary, Colette.
The Giacchino brothers made films as children round their Edgewater Park Township, NJ residence. Michael would direct, and Anthony would star together with their neighborhood buddies. Michael Giacchino labored aspect jobs as a teen to save lots of as much as purchase movie inventory. He used an exacto knife to make scratches on the movie strips with a view to make laser and spark particular results. He graduated from the College of Visible Arts in NYC the place he studied filmmaking and later held jobs at Common advertising and Disney publicity. Ultimately he segued to composing for videogames, one spotlight being the Ps sport of Jurassic Park: The Misplaced World which Steven Spielberg personally employed him on. It was via videogames that J.J. Abrams got here to know Giacchino and employed him to compose for his TV collection Alias and Misplaced in addition to huge pics Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Mission: Not possible III. After delivering music to the best grossing film within the pandemic, Spider-Man: No Manner Residence ($1.9 billion), Giacchino had 4 tentpole scores final yr in Jurassic World: Dominion, Pixar’s Lightyear, Thor: Love & Thunder and The Batman.
“Michael Giacchino is a novel expertise. We’re excited to be working with him and have him on the studio,” mentioned Warner Bros Footage President of Manufacturing and Improvement Jesse Ehrman who’s overseeing the venture on the Burbank, CA lot. Ehrman caught Giacchino’s Werewolf by Night time on Disney+ and was blown away.
Giacchino is repped by CAA and Gorfaine/Schwartz.