Steve Jablonsky, the composer behind the soundtracks of several Hollywood blockbusters like The Island, Steamboy, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the Transformers film series by Michael Bay, is composing the Gangster Squad soundtrack. Jablonsky is also scoring two upcoming films by Michael Bay Pain & Gain which comes out in 2013 and the fourth installment in the Transformers series which will hit theaters sometime in 2014. Gangster Squad was to be scored originally by Carter Burwell but he was replaced by Jablonsky. Jablonsky is an experienced composer who has worked on various mediums other than film. He has also written music for television shows (Desperate Housewives) as well as video games (Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, The Sims 3, Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars). It also pays to mention that Jablonsky has been mentored by well-known film composers like Hans Zimmer and Klaus Badelt.
About The Film
Gangster Squad is a period film set in Los Angeles during the 1940s and 50s. It delves into the Los Angeles Police Department’s attempts to keep East Coast Mafia types out of the city. The goal was to keep Los Angeles free from all sorts of gangsters. It’s directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less). The script was written by Will Beall (Justice League, Lethal Weapon Reboot) based on the articles by Paul Lieberman called Tales From The Gangster Squad. The film features an ensemble cast which includes Josh Brolin (Labor Day, Oldboy), Ryan Gosling (The Place Beyond the Pines, Only God Forgives), Nick Nolte, Sean Penn (This Must Be The Place), Anthony Mackie (Pain and Gain, Hands in the Sky, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Bolden), Emma Stone (Movie 43, The Croods, The Amazing Spider Man 3), Michael Pena, Robert Patrick, Giovanni Ribisi, and Frank Grillo. Penn portrays gangster Mickey Cohen and Nolte portrays police Chief Bill Parker.
Originally scheduled to hit theaters on September 7, 2012, the release date had to be moved to January 2013 as a result of the tragic theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado in July of 2012 wherein several people were killed by the gunman. A scene in the film portrayed characters shooting through the screen and at moviegoers at the well-known Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. This scene was deemed sensitive after what happened in Aurora, Colorado. As a result, crucial scenes in the the film had to be re-shot and changed. The U.S. release date has been pushed back to January 11, 2013