June 29, 2012


M83 To Score Sci-Fi Film "Oblivion" Starring Tom Cruise

Rick Kern
Rick Kern

Remember how AWESOME it was when Daft Punk did the music for Tron: Legacy, putting orchestral flourishes (and dope club beats) into a movie about fightin' and cycle ridin' in the virtual world? And then Basement Jaxx did the soundtrack for Attack the Block, that weird British movie about a street gang battling aliens?

Turns out dance artists make great film composers, which is why we're super stoked to learn that French indie electronic outfit M83 will be scoring Oblivion, a Tom Cruise-starring big-budget sci-fi blockbuster. Not coincidentally, Oblivion is directed by Joseph Kosinski, the same guy who helmed Tron: Legacy and brought Daft Punk onboard for that movie. 

"I've wanted to do soundtracks for so long, and starting with such an ambitious project, especially in the sci-fi category, means a lot to me," M83 maestro Anthony Gonzalez told The Playlist. "I'm not afraid to do my first soundtrack on a big Hollywood movie, with a big budget and a lot of pressure." Gonzalez added he's psyched to see his music get the symphonic treatment. "I can't wait to hear my music played by amazing musicians, and an orchestra and brass and maybe choirs. It's a chance to create something big and I'm ready for it."

M83 previously contributed songs to last year's Red Riding Hood and the 2010 French drama Black Heaven, but this will be the first time Gonzalez composes an entirely new score for a major Hollywood film.

Our prediction: Gonzalez is more than up for the challenge. Until then, we'll just hurry up and dream about how good it will be.