After Disney revealed at D23 that Marvel fans had something to look forward to during the Halloween season, the Marvel Cinematic Universe was rocked with the announcement of the exclusive streaming special. Werewolf at night. The project itself attracted attention because of its subject matter – the black and white horror movie stars Gael Garcia Bernal (Old) as a man who came together with a group of monster hunters, all bent on the same mysterious and deadly goal: to find the impostor among them. At the same time, the title also became a must-see as it marks the internationally renowned composer and Academy Award winner Michael Giacchino‘s directorial debut on a high-profile project.
During an extensive interview with Collider, Giacchino himself spoke about Werewolf at night. In addition to directing the feature film, Giacchino also takes on the dual role of composer – a job he could not leave after several years of composing world-famous scores. That was the reason for our own editor-in-chief Steve Weintraub to ask: would Giacchino ever direct a project where he put someone else in charge of the music? Giacchino replied:
“I would feel so sorry for that composer. I would probably be such a pain in the ass in terms of getting very specific. I know so much in my head what I want and what that feeling should be. I mean, never say never. and JJ [Abrams] and I’ve always talked about the fact that I think it would be nice to have him score something that I direct because JJ himself is quite a great composer and he’s so good at music and I think that would be fun. I think it would be nice to do something like that.”
JJ Abrams is, of course, the director and producer who brought the world’s two biggest sci-fi franchises back to life: Star Trek (2009) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). Abrams and Giacchino have been working together for decades: Giacchino composed the theme song for Abrams’ hit series Alias in 2001, and then earned international acclaim — and awards — for composing the score for another hit series, ABC’s Lost. When Abrams made the transition from directing TV episodes to movies, Giacchino continued to work with his friend and composed the score for Mission: Impossible 3, Star Trekand Super 8.
With Disney, Giacchino’s work as a composer goes back to in The Incredibles. His work on Ratatouille scored his first Academy Award nomination, and Upwards earned him the award in 2010. Since then, Giacchino has been a sought-after player when it comes to music in Pixar and superhero films. In 2022 alone, we were treated to four major titles featuring Giacchino’s music: the batter, Jurassic World Dominion, light yearand Thor: Love and Thunder. And now it looks like we’ll be seeing even more of his work with Disney, if Werewolf at night is any indication – still behind the camera, but now in a different capacity.
While it may be a while before we hear Abram’s contributions to a soundtrack, if Giacchino says he’s a great composer, I’m ready to hear it.
Werewolf at night premieres on Disney+ on October 7. Here’s part of our interview with Giacchino, much more with him coming soon.