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Henry Jackman Scores "Kong: Skull Island"
Henry Jackman (photo by Melinda Lerner)
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Composer Henry Jackman delivers a powerful score in Kong: Skull Island. The film is a reboot of the King Kong franchise and will serve as the second film in Legendary’s MonsterVerse, and as a prequel to the 2014 film Godzilla. This is the first collaboration between Jackman and director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. Jackman stated, "It was an amazing experience to work on a movie whose main character [King Kong] had such a rich Hollywood heritage. Bringing that character into the 21st century meant we were able to use the symphony orchestra one would expect from a Kong film, whilst simultaneously involving guitars and modern electronic elements. Working with Jordan was great—he brought his own unique take on an already established story."

When a scientific expedition to an uncharted island awakens titanic forces of nature, a mission of discovery becomes an explosive war between monster and man. Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly star in the original new adventure that reveals the untold story of how Kong became King. The film is distributed by Warner Bros. and opened in theaters on March 10, topping that weekend’s box office. WaterTower Music is releasing the score soundtrack album, both digitally and physically, which too became available on March 10.

Jackman’s other recent projects include the Tom Cruise-led action thriller film Jack Reacher: Never Go Back as well as the American period drama, Birth of a Nation, which was based on the story of Nat Turner, the enslaved man who led a slave rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia, in 1831.

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