Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tom Holkenborg "Junkie XL" to score Tomb Raider (2018)


Following rumours of James Newton Howard's attachment to Roar Uthaug's upcoming Tomb Raider film reboot, set for release in March 2018, Junkie XL has let slip in an interview regarding his departure from Justice League that Tomb Raider is his next gig. Junkie XL "is now moving on to Tomb Raider", according to sources via The Hollywood Reporter, quoting Holkenborg in regards to losing out to Danny Elfman:

"...you haven't made it in Hollywood as a composer until you get replaced on a project. So I guess [I] finally graduated this week." - Tom Holkenborg/Junkie XL on Justice League

Holkenborg has a diverse background and boasts Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Mad Max: Fury Road & 300: Rise of an Empire as recent high profile film credentials. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) & Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life (2003) were helmed by Graeme Revell and Alan Silvestri.

Uthaug consistently collaborates with Magnus Beite, a partnership that now dissipates with the director's entry to Hollywood, while Tomb Raider game composer Nathan McCree also teased the role. Tomb Raider is based on the 2013 video game reboot of the franchise and stars Alicia Vikander as the titular icon.

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Tomb Raider Suite Kickstarter launches at £160,000 goal;
reward tiers and products announced, now available to back


Nathan McCree's The Tomb Raider Suite Kickstarter is now live! The project requires an all-or-nothing backing of £160,000 by June 27th to proceed and has an implicated release in November 2017:

"Our goal is to do a studio recording of The Tomb Raider Suite with one of England's leading orchestras in England's most famous recording studios, Abbey Road in London. Now that Nathan's themes and cues from the first three games have been fully orchestrated for a 76-piece orchestra and 20-voice choir, it is ready to be recorded to the highest standard. We are aiming for a release in the Fall of 2017. This is a unique opportunity for all of us Tomb Raider fans to finally own and hear a world-class recording of the music as Nathan McCree had always intended it."

Rewards up for grabs to backers include signed concert goodies, a selection of T-shirts, The Tomb Raider Suite album in digital download, jewel double CD, deluxe double tin CD and double vinyl and even an invitation to a buffet dinner with Nathan McCree and guests. Select your rewards (shipping anywhere in the world) and support this historic Kickstarter here. Full reward tiers listed after the jump below.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Tomb Raider Suite album Kickstarter fund to launch May 26th


Following Tomb Raider - Live in Concert's sold-out December 2016 debut, composer Nathan McCree has announced the launch of a Kickstarter approach to fund The Tomb Raider Suite studio-recording album release following his financial loss on the concert. The official Tomb Raider Suite Website also opens.

The Kickstarter aims to fund the "extraordinary new recording of Nathan McCree's original Tomb Raider I, II & III music played by a full orchestra and choir" to be released on vinyl, CD, digital download and streaming platforms. The recordings will be performed by the world renowned Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, and the album is set for release in the third quarter of 2017:

"THE TOMB RAIDER SUITE
When Nathan McCree wrote the extraordinary and iconic music for the first three Tomb Raider games between 1996 and 1998, it was recorded using the synthesizers available at the time. But for 20 years he dreamt of hearing his music performed by a full orchestra and choir and with the 20th Anniversary of the release of Tomb Raider in 2016, the timing was perfect to realise his dream.

TOMB RAIDER: LIVE IN CONCERT
On Sunday 18th December, 2016, The Tomb Raider Suite received its World Premiere in London. Performed live by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and the City of London Choir, it received a standing ovation from the nearly 2,000 fans who attended the concert. It was an unmitigated success and the final event in the Tomb Raider 20th Anniversary celebrations.

OUR GOAL
Our goal is to do a studio recording of The Tomb Raider Suite with one of England's leading orchestras in England's most famous recording studios, Abbey Road in London.

Now that Nathan's themes and cues from the first three games have been fully orchestrated for a 76-piece orchestra and 20-voice choir, it is ready to be recorded to the highest standard to release as an album in the summer of 2017.

This is a unique opportunity for all of us Tomb Raider fans to finally own and hear a world-class recording of the music as Nathan McCree had always intended it."

McCree now holds the license to his music for Tomb Raider for the next seven years and this will mark the first ever commercialisation of his work on the franchise. The Kickstarter starts May 26th, 2017, with funding tiers yet to be announced. The following promotional video has been released to spread the word: