‘Morbius’ composer has channeled the voices of bats and John Carpenter into Sony’s much-anticipated Marvel project.

Nearly three years ago, Sony Pictures debuted the trailer for Morbius, a comic book movie centered on the Marvel antihero movie known as “The Living Vampire”. The Spider Man– A show next to a wide theatrical arc was originally scheduled for late July of 2020, but the Tent Column (starring Jared Leto in the titular role) has been postponed at least six times as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis.

Now, after all these delays, the much-anticipated comic book feature is now rolling out to screens all over the world.

by unspeakable dracula Duo Matt Sasama and Burke Sharpless, The Project Plunge his fangs into the origin story of Dr. Michael Morbius, a talented scientist with a debilitating blood disease with whom he has lived since childhood. Desiring to save himself and others from premature death, Michael engages in crazy science experiments, mixing the DNA of a vampire bat with his own diseased cells.

His efforts to find a cure pay off, but the resulting serum comes with a pretty big catch: The Good Doctor turns into a horrific bat-like monster with an indomitable thirst for human blood.

To reflect this Jekyll and Hyde dynamic musically between Michael and his damned motives, director Daniel Espinosa has re-collaborated with Swedish composer Jon Ekstrand who previously worked with the director. 44- Child And the Life.

“You are developing together,” Eckstrand tells me of his professional relationship with the director. “Daniel… makes different movies every time. It’s a real challenge for me and I really like that challenge. In a way, you feel kind of spoiled so that you can discover new worlds in this genre of movies with such big budgets… I’ve never done a movie A superhero or a Marvel movie before. I’m always up to the challenge and I believe you should always try everything at least once. Daniel always challenges you in a way that brings you completely different movies on the table and we don’t get stuck in the same thing. [routine]. “

***Warning! The following contains spoilers for the movie! ***

“From the beginning,” Ekstrand and Espinosa wanted to focus on the horror aspects of the story. “Very early on, we agreed to make music in homage to the movies we’d seen as kids and John Carpenter’s style and those things,” the composer recalls. “Also, the electronic music we grew up listening to in the ’90s when we came out.”

Referring to Victor Frankenstein’s famous exclamation point from 1931, he adds, “I wouldn’t say we tried to emulate any of the classic horror movies, but we wanted to give it a classic feel more like, ‘It’s alive!'” “

The end product was a heavy score with traditional orchestral cues reflecting the hero’s transformation into a human rat with wings.

“We really wanted the orchestra to sound like a bat,” Eckstrand reveals. “We tried to find different things that an orchestra could do to resemble the sound of bat wings, squeaks and echolocation. I think that’s usually the best part of the process — to get the entire sound guide out.”

He and his coordinator pushed the stringed instruments to their limits, releasing “irregular, irregular” sounds that would resemble a bat. [location] In the cave at different distances … we also recorded this kind of thing with violin, violin, cello and bass [and] In fact he re-recorded it and made it a quasi-nautical sonar and echolocation sound. We were [that] So much through the score and re-sampling and playing the tunes with it…synthesizing, which was really cool.”

The overall goal was “to portray Michael Morbius as a monster because what he’s doing is very questionable. He experiments with bats and confuses them with them.” [human] DNA and they have to do these experiments [in international waters]. It’s all very morally and ethically questionable, so we wanted to portray him as if he’s building himself on a monster.”

There was a lot of musical experimentation by the composer, who made full use of his own set of vocalization instruments. “I just turned around in the studio and started picking out my favorite synths and started making sounds,” he adds. “Some of them have lives of their own, so there were a lot of sounds, just experimenting and getting those weird stuff we wanted out of.”

Ekstrand has started the registration process for Morbius A year and a half ago, they found it difficult to reach the United States when the embassy in Stockholm closed at the start of the pandemic. When he finally managed to get a visa, he became the first Hollywood maestro to return to the stage of recording Sony with a full (albeit socially distant) orchestra. He describes the overall experience as “weird” and “special,” but nothing holds a candle – or in this case, a cross – to the anticipation and disappointment of seeing the movie deferred over and over again.

“It’s great that it’s released because I think every project is in some way like an unborn child,” says Eckstrand. “You get into it, and even if it’s good or bad, you just want it to be in the world; get it out of the system because you have new projects to take on. [over] headspace. I made a Danish movie [that was also delayed]But they only waited half a year. That was hard, but [Morbius] Year and a half. It was like, ‘Come on, let’s get her out already! “

The film closed its opening weekend with a total of $84 million in global ticket sales, in line with early expectations in North America. Given the title’s $75 million price tag, Sony may decide to wait and see if it’s worth giving the green light for a sequel. In the middle of the credits, Michael Keaton Adrien Toomes/Vulture (MCU baddie from Spider-Man: Homecoming He was transported into this universe through Doctor Strange’s failed spell There is no place for home) with a baffling bid to form the Sinister Six.

If Marvel’s Living Vampire returns for another adventure on the big screen, Ekstrand hopes the studio will lean on the character’s horror traits and break free from the limitations of the PG-13 set. “I would like to see [R-rated] A sequel to this and I have some real carnage,” he concludes. “That would be great.”

Morbius It is now shown in theaters everywhere. Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Therese Gibson, Al Madrigal, and Jared Harris co-starred. Click here to read Forbes Review.

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