Grammy-Winning Composer Lorne Balfe Creates Action-Packed Score For Terminator Genisys

July 1, 2015


Oscar® and Grammy-winning Composer Hans Zimmer Serves as Executive Music Producer Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Will Be Available June 30, 2015 on Paramount Music 

(Hollywood, CA) – June 24, 2015 — Grammy-winning composer Lorne Balfe has created an action- packed, emotive score for Paramount Pictures and Skydance’s “Terminator Genisys,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke and Jai Courtney. Oscar® and Grammy-winning composer Hans Zimmer is the Executive Music Producer on the original motion picture soundtrack. Directed by Alan Taylor, “Terminator Genisys” is a reset of the global blockbuster franchise. The film opens in theaters nationwide on July 1, 2015 and the original motion picture soundtrack will be available on Paramount Music on June 30, 2015.

“Lorne’s powerful score brilliantly complements the fast-paced action and adventure sequences of Terminator Genisys while beautifully capturing the emotional notes of the story and the journey of the characters,” commented David Ellison, CEO of Skydance and the film’s Producer. “It was an absolute pleasure for all of us at Skydance to work with Lorne and Hans – two of the preeminent creative talents in their field – who built on the rich legacy of the Terminator franchise while adding bold, new musical elements to tell this chapter of the story.”

“We wanted to create a hybrid score that contains so many different elements, including massive action cues, a lot of emotion and personal tones to convey both the progression of the character development and the deep relationship between Sarah Connor and the Terminator,” added Balfe.

Lorne Balfe is a Grammy-winning, Emmy and BAFTA nominated film composer from Inverness, Scotland. His recent credits include DreamWorks Animation’s “Home” starring Rihanna, Jim Parsons and Steve Martin, DreamWorks Animation’s “The Penguins of Madagascar” and “Manny,” a documentary about the life of boxer Manny Pacquiao, which premiered at SXSW. Other composing credits include DreamWorks Animation’s “Megamind” and Ubisoft’s acclaimed game, “Assassin’s Creed III.” Balfe is currently scoring the Paramount Pictures thriller “Captive” starring David Oyelowo and Kate Mara, releasing September 18, 2015. He also currently co-scores the hit NBC mini-series “A.D.: The Bible Continues” with Oscar® and Grammy-winning composer Hans Zimmer.

Balfe began his career in Hollywood providing additional music on several major motion pictures, including the second and third installments of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, “Iron Man,” and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” He provided music and was the score producer on 2008??s “The Dark Knight,” which earned him a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture. In addition to being named Discovery of the Year at the World Soundtrack Awards in 2009, he was also the score producer for Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes,” which earned a 2010 Oscar nomination for Best Original Score. In 2011, he produced the score for Christopher Nolan’s “Inception,” which also earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Score. His music is featured in the BBC and Sundance Channel TV mini-series, “Restless,” starring Hayley Atwell and Rufus Sewell, for which Balfe received the 2013 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music Composition. Balfe is a BAFTA nominated video game composer with credits including “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2,” “Assassin’s Creed: Revelations,” “Assassin’s Creed III” and “Beyond: Two Souls,” which features performances by Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe.

“TERMINATOR GENISYS” opens in theaters on July 1st, 2015 

Paramount Pictures and Skydance present “TERMINATOR GENISYS.” When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: to reset the future. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J. K. Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Matthew Smith, Courtney B. Vance and Byung-Hun Lee.

The film is produced by David Ellison and Dana Goldberg. Written by Laeta Kalogridis & Patrick Lussier. Directed by Alan Taylor.


About Paramount Pictures Corporation 

Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

About Skydance 

Skydance tells big stories and creates immersive worlds, producing narratives that span film, television, games and more. Skydance is currently in post-production on a reset of the TERMINATOR franchise, TERMINATOR GENISYS, to be released on July 1, 2015. The company is also in post-production on MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION, the latest installment in the highly successful franchise starring Tom Cruise with Chris McQuarrie directing, to be released July 31, 2015. Additionally, Skydance recently wrapped production on a disaster film on a global scale titled GEOSTORM written by Dean Devlin and Paul Guyot with Devlin also directing. Skydance will next begin production on STAR TREK 3, the third installment in the JJ Abrams franchise. Simon Pegg and Doug Jung are attached to co-write with Justin Lin to direct. The film is slated for a July 8, 2016 release date.

Skydance’s recent releases include JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT, from director Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Pine; WORLD WAR Z, starring Brad Pitt and directed by Marc Forster; STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS, directed by J.J. Abrams and starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto; and G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, directed by Jon M. Chu and starring Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson. Skydance’s previous projects include Christopher McQuarrie’s JACK REACHER, starring Tom Cruise; MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL, starring Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner; and the award-winning Coen Brothers film TRUE GRIT, starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon.




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