Features New Original Score From Composer Brian Tyler
WaterTower Music is excited to announce the release of the soundtrack to New Line Cinema’s thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead, the film directed by Oscar nominee Taylor Sheridan ("Hell or High Water," "Wind River"), and starring Oscar winner Angelina Jolie ("Girl, Interrupted," the "Maleficent" films) as Hannah, a smokejumper still reeling from the loss of three lives she failed to save from a fire, when she comes across a traumatized 12-year-old boy with nowhere else to turn. The Those Who Wish Me Dead (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) will be released May 7, 2021, and features all new music from prolific, multiple BAFTA and Emmy-nominated composer Brian Tyler ("Crazy Rich Asians," the upcoming "F9," "Avengers: Age of Ultron"), who previously collaborated with Sheridan on the TV drama "Yellowstone." Those Who Wish Me Dead is set for release in the U.S. in theaters and on HBO Max on May 14, 2021 and will be available on HBO Max for 31 days from release.
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To capture the intense action and emotional themes of "Those Who Wish Me Dead," Taylor Sheridan turned to composer Brian Tyler, as Sheridan feels that the composer’s scoring prowess powerfully encapsulates the breadth of action and emotion in film. "Brian has done many big films—really massive set-piece movies," explained Sheridan. "With this film, we wanted the score, the sound design, and the sounds of fire to blend together and leave the audience unsure whether it was being guided by a designed sound, by the sounds of the forest or by the score."
Tyler, who played many instruments on the score – cello, the piano solos, all of the percussion – reflected on his work on the film. "Taylor and I discussed how this film has an array of contrasting thematic tones, such as heartbreak, fear, and hope – all of which needed to be reflected in the music. The two main characters are lost souls searching for deliverance. Hannah is a prisoner of her own guilt and memory, while Connor is battling a tragic loss. But this is also a story of human versus nature, as well as the evils of mankind, which is all echoed in the score."
To provide a unique and inspired sound for this film, Tyler did something he’s never done before. "I recorded the sound of a burning cello that I set ablaze with lighter fluid and played the strings until it burned to a point where it made no sound. That recording of the burning cello recurs as a sonic presence throughout the entire score. It pained me to burn a beautiful instrument like that, but I like to think that that particular cello was sacrificed for a good cause." Not all was lost, the composer assures. "Taylor has the headpiece of the cello which is the only part that survived the fire!"
The Those Who Wish Me Dead (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is available May 7, and the track list is as follows:
Those Who Wish Me Dead (Main Theme)
Elegy for a Soul
Mind Heart Conflation
A Burning Cello
Zero Sum Game
The Beauty of Time
The Calm Inside the Storm
Glimmer of Hope
The Love of a Father
Those Who Wish Me Dead Finale
From New Line Cinema comes the thriller "Those Who Wish Me Dead," starring Angelina Jolie and directed by Taylor Sheridan.
The film also stars Nicholas Hoult (the "X-Men" films), Finn Little ("Reckoning"), Aidan Gillen ("Game of Thrones," "Peaky Blinders"), Medina Senghore ("Happy!"), Tyler Perry ("Vice," "Gone Girl"), Jake Weber ("Midway," "Homeland"), and Jon Bernthal ("Ford v Ferrari," "Wind River").
Oscar nominee Sheridan ("Hell or High Water," "Wind River") directed from a screenplay by Michael Koryta, Charles Leavitt and Sheridan, based on the book by Koryta. Steven Zaillian, Garrett Basch, Aaron L. Gilbert, Kevin Turen and Sheridan produced, with Steven Thibault, Ashley Levinson, Andria Spring, Jason Cloth, Richard McConnell, Kathryn Dean, Michael Friedman, Daria Cercek and Celia Khong executive producing.
The director’s behind-the-scenes creative team included his "Wind River" director of photography Ben Richardson, production designer Neil Spisak and costume designer Kari Perkins, and his "Yellowstone" editor Chad Galster.
About Brian Tyler
Brian Tyler is a multiple BAFTA and Emmy Award nominee, and has been a composer and conductor on over 70 feature films. Tyler’s scoring credits include Joss Whedon’s "Avengers: Age of Ultron," James Wan’s "Furious 7" and F. Gary Gray’s "Fate of the Furious," as well as others in the "Fast and the Furious" franchise, Shane Black’s "Iron Man 3," Alan Taylor’s "Thor: The Dark World," Jon Chu’s "Crazy Rich Asians," for which he was voted to the 2019 Oscar shortlist for Best Original Score, James Vanderbilt’s "Truth," which stars Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford, Justin Baldoni’s "Five Feet Apart," Louis Leterrier’s "Now You See Me" and Jon Chu’s "Now You See Me 2," Adam Shankman’s "What Men Want, "Ready or Not" directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, "Charlie’s Angels" directed by Elizabeth Banks and "Clouds" directed by Justin Baldoni. Upcoming projects include Taylor Sheridan’s "Those Who Wish Me Dead," "F9" directed by Justin Lin, "Redeeming Love" directed by DJ Caruso and "Escape Room 2" directed by Adam Robitel. Alongside Brian’s future films, he is in the process of launching his ambitious project "Are We Dreaming," a completely immersive audiovisual experience.
Tyler began scoring features shortly after completing his Master’s Degree from Harvard University, as well as receiving his Bachelor’s Degree from UCLA. Some of his earlier projects allowed him to collaborate with Bill Paxton ("Frailty" and "The Greatest Game Ever Played") and William Friedkin ("The Hunted" and "Bug"). Tyler is a frequent collaborator with director/star Sylvester Stallone, having scored all three of "The Expendables" films, as well as 2007’s "Rambo" and "Rambo: Last Blood."
Tyler’s film work also led to arranging and conducting the logo music for Universal Pictures and Marvel Studios. In addition, he composed the themes for the NFL on ESPN, the nationally televised U.S. Open Championships, and Formula 1. Tyler has composed the music for the television series "Hawaii Five-O," "Scorpion," "Magnum PI" and Taylor Sheridan’s "Yellowstone" starring Kevin Costner. He has received Emmy nominations for "Last Call," "Sleepy Hollow" and "Transformers: Prime."
Tyler is a multi-instrumentalist skilled at playing piano, guitar, drums, bass, cello, world percussion, guitarviol, charango, and bouzouki, among others. He also performs electronic music under the moniker Madsonik.
Brian Tyler has conducted symphonic concerts of his movies around the globe, and frequently conducts the London Philharmonic, the Philharmonic Orchestra of London and the Hollywood Studio Symphony. His honors include 32 BMI Music Awards, three Emmy nominations, five ASCAP Music Awards, and 12 Goldspirit Awards, including Composer of the Year. Tyler was also named Film Composer of the Year at the 2014 Cue Awards.
About WaterTower Music
WaterTower Music, the in-house label for the WarnerMedia companies, releases recorded music as rich and diverse as the companies themselves. It has been the soundtrack home to many of the world’s most iconic films, television shows and games since 2001.
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