EXCL: Michael Giacchino Will Return for Star Trek Sequel

Though it comes as no surprise given his frequent teaming with director J.J. Abrams, fans should be pleased to learn that Academy Award winning composer Michael Giacchino will officially be returning for the as-of-yet-untitled Star Trek sequel.

“Yes, I’ll be back,” Giacchino told ComingSoon.net last night at a home video release event for the duo’s last collaboration, Super 8. “I’ll be there just as soon as they finish it.”

In the meantime, Giacchino will be providing the score for the Abrams-produced Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (arriving on IMAX screens December 16th and going wide on December 21st) and Andrew Stanton’s live-action debut, John Carter (hitting theaters in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D on March 9, 2012).

Though he provided the score for 2009′s Star Trek, fans shouldn’t necessarily expect more of the same. Giacchino points to the differences between his scores for Mission: Impossible 3 and Ghost Protocol as an example of how he likes to treat sequels like altogether new projects. That said, he’s not sure at this stage what direction the Trek sequel will take.

“Right now I’m not looking at anything,” he laughed of his overloaded scheduled this past year. “I’m just going to go into my closet and shut the door for months.”

UPDATE: Deadline is now reporting that the Star Trek sequel will shoot in 3D with a scheduled release date of May 17, 2013.

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