JoBlo had the pleasure of talking to one of the greatest composers of our time; Steve Jablonsky. In their exclusive interview, Mr. Jablonsky mentions how he got into scoring the Michael Bay Transformers live action movies as well as the project he’s currently working on; Transformers: Age Of Extinction.
I would argue that TRANSFORMERS was your “he’s done it” score. Do you feel that’s accurate?
I have heard that before and I appreciate it. Even Hans Zimmer had said to me one day, like, “You realize you have written something that’s now part of the culture?” I said, “Wow I didn’t know, I didn’t actually realize that” but especially coming from him who has done that time and time again.
What was the process of doing TRANSFORMERS like?
I don’t know, I didn’t even know if I was doing it until he [Michael Bay] called me one day and started talking about it like I was doing it. I said, “oh, am I doing it?” [laughter] And he said, “Oh, yeah what do you think?” [laughter] I thought great. And of course TRANSFORMERS is- I had known about it since I was a kid. My brother was way into it, my younger brother. That was another level of…there is going to be a lot of people looking at this movie.
I wrote a ton of themes for that, I just started writing and writing as much as I could and because I really wanted to…and as Spielberg was involved and I always had that in the back of my mind. I wanted to give them many options, I just remember writing a lot of stuff. I think most of it ended up in the film but the main theme, it’s interesting. I wrote this piece that is now considered the main Autobot theme. I just wrote it, it came out and I didn’t really know what I was going to do with it.
And Michael picked up on that and Hans came into my room one day he is like that right there saying “that is good.” Everybody told me that, that part was good. I didn’t realize…I didn’t think it was any better than anything else in the score so far.
Then, there’s TRANSFORMERS 4…
Yeah, it’s definitely-I haven’t quite met with Michael on Transformers 4 yet, but I have heard probably he wants to do something new which I am totally up for. I think it’s a….I don’t know if you call it a reboot, but it’s all different actors and I haven’t seen it yet. We will see if, if you even hear that theme in the new ones or not. I am not sure yet.
Are you doing the score regardless or this is still unknown?
Am I doing the score for TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION ?
Yes, I am.
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