WaterTower Music today announced the March 3 release of the soundtrack to Kong: Skull Island – the Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures and Tencent Pictures film that reimagines the origins of one of the most powerful monster myths of all time. Directed by Jordan Vogt Roberts, the film will be released worldwide in 2D, 3D in select theatres, and IMAX beginning March 10, 2017.
Composer Henry Jackman (X-Men: First Class, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, the Kick-Ass films) created the film's lush symphonic score. His music highlights Kong's emotional connection with some of the characters by giving specific moments in the score what he says is "a bit of humanity and sensitivity. The great thing about a monster movie is that it opens the door to use the symphony orchestra in its most sumptuous way." Jackman continues, "(Director) Jordan Vogt-Roberts was happy to celebrate the gravity and history that comes with a full orchestra, but we also explored less traditional elements. That's a field day for a composer." In a nod to the film's '70s period setting, Jackman infused the score with the bold, classic tones of the decade's psychedelic guitars. The music, which serves to both heighten the film's emotion and underscore the action, was one of the final creative elements to fall into place during post-production. It was the culmination of a massive undertaking that had taken the production to three continents. Throughout the process, everyone involved in the film was intent on being respectful of Kong's history, even while crafting a next-generation iteration of the mythic beast.