Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Tomb Raider Suite Kickstarter succeeds at 121% funded

Tomb Raider (1996), Tomb Raider II (1997) and Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft (1998) composer Nathan McCree has successfully funded a campaign through Kickstarter to produce a studio-recording album release of The Tomb Raider Suite, marking the first commercialization of McCree's iconic original Tomb Raider music in the history of the two-decade franchise. The project was backed by 2,615 contributors at 121% of the £160,000 goal in 30 days:

"Well done everyone. What an amazing performance. Not only did we get funded we knocked it out of the park! One of the best days of my life.

And so we go to Abbey Road.Thank you for making this dream come true!" - Nathan McCree

The album follows the sold-out December 2016 debut of Tomb Raider - Live in Concert. An "extraordinary new recording of Nathan McCree's original Tomb Raider I, II & III music played by a full orchestra and choir", The Tomb Raider Suite will be released on vinyl, CD, digital download and streaming platforms. The material 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.

There is still no word on the third leg of McCree's Tomb Raider Suite Project, a documentary film tentatively titled Tomb Raider: Remastered. The composer now holds the license to his music for the next seven years, however, and anticipates taking Tomb Raider - Live in Concert on a world tour.

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:

" 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.