Disney's planetary jaunt is getting a touch of Westeros
The man who transformed the music of Game of Thrones into an extravagant, theatrical affair has a new fantasy epic on his hands. Ramin Djawadi, who’s bringing another Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience to the U.S. and Europe in 2018, has been tapped to score Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time.
“I’ve listened to his music for years and swooned,” the film’s director, Ava DuVernay, wrote in the announcement on Wednesday. “Thrilled to announce that @Djawadi_Ramin joins the WRINKLE IN TIME family as our composer!”
The four-time Emmy nominee also composed music for HBO’s Westworld, FX’s The Strain, and Fox’s Prison Break revival. Djawadi’s work for film includes 2004’s Blade: Trinity, 2008’s Iron Man, 2013’s Pacific Rim, and 2016’s Warcraft.
Djawadi told EW that his score for this year’s The Mountain Between Us, starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet, was “quite different compared to all of the other scores I’ve written.”
“I’ve done a lot of bigger action scores,” he said. “This is not Pacific Rim, not Iron Man, not Warcraft. Game of Thrones, I guess, is a beautiful hybrid. But with this film I was able to really zone in on just these two characters alone in this entire film and really explore their character development.”
DuVernay, who’s the first woman of color to direct a Hollywood film worth $100 million, brought the first footage of A Wrinkle In Time to Disney’s D23 Expo in California this July.
“The first image [I had in my head] was to place a brown girl in that role of Meg, a girl traveling to different planets and encountering beings and situations that I’d never seen a girl of color in,” she told EW of adapting the novel by Madeleine L’Engle. “All of those scenes struck my fancy, and then it was also something that [Disney VP of production] Tendo Nagenda said to me, which I’ll never forget. One of the things that really made me want to read it was when he said, ‘Ava, imagine what you would do with the worlds.’ Worlds! ‘Planets no one’s ever seen or heard of,’ he said. There aren’t any other black women who have been invited to imagine what other planets in the universe might look and feel like. I was interested in that and in a heroine that looked like the girls I grew up with.”
The film is due in theaters on March 9, 2018.