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21 Sep 2016

John Paesano is composing the original score for the upcoming biographical drama All Eyez on Me. The film is directed by Benny Boom (Next Day Air) and stars Demetrius Shipp Jr., Danai Gurira, Lauren Cohan, Kat Graham and Jamie Hector. The movie chronicles the life and legacy of hip-hop artist and actor Tupac Shakur, including his rise to superstardom, his imprisonment, and his time at Death Row Records. Ed Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft have written the screenplay. James G. Robinson (Ace VenturaTwo for the Money) and David C. Robinson (Dream HouseMan of the Year) are producing the project for Morgan Creek, alongside L.T. Hutton. The film will be released June 16, the late rapper’s birthday.

Paesano also has the comedy Almost Christmas, as well as the drama Same Kind of Different as Me coming up. He also scored the Chloe Grace Moretz-starring drama Brain on Fire, which just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and is expected to be released next year by Broad Green Pictures.





14 Jul 2016

Hollywood Records will release a new soundtrack album for Marvel’s Netflix original series Daredevil. The album features selections of the original music from the show’s second season composed by John Paesano (The Maze Runner, The Scorch TrialsDragons: Riders of BerkWhere the Game Stands Tall). The soundtrack will be released digitally tomorrow, July 15 and is now available for pre-order on Amazon, where you can also check out audio clips. The label has previously released a soundtrack album featuring the composer’s score from last year’s first season of the series. Daredevil based on the Marvel Comics character and starring Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio, Elden Henson, Deborah Ann Woll, Rosario Dawson and Scott Glenn follows the journey of Matt Murdock who is fighting against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil. The show’s second season premiered earlier this year on Netflix.

25 Mar 2016

John Paesano has taken over scoring duties on the upcoming comedy Almost Christmas. The film is written and directed by David E. Talbert (Baggage Claim, First Sunday) and stars Gabrielle Union, Danny Glover, Mo’Nique, Kimberly Elise, Omar Epps, Romany Malco and Jessie T. Usher. The movie follows an estranged family forced to come together for their first Christmas since the death of the family matriarch. Will Packer (Ride AlongObsessed, Think Like a Man) is producing the project. Aaron Zigman was originally scoring the film as previously reported and credited in the movie’s first trailer. Almost Christmas is set to be released on November 11, 2016 by Universal Pictures. To learn more about the comedy, visit the official movie website.

29 Feb 2016

John Paesano has recently composed the music for the upcoming drama Brain on Fire. The film is directed by Gerard Barrett (Glassland) and stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Thomas Mann, Tyler Perry, Jenny Slate, Richard Armitage and Carrie-Anne Moss. The movie is based on Susannah Cahalan’s Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness and follows a rising journalist at the New York Post who falls victim to an inexplicable illness that has her hearing voices, hallucinating, battling bouts of paranoia and lashing out during violent episodes before a last-minute intervention gives her the chance to rebuild her life. Charlize Theron,  A.J. Dix (The Butterfly Effect) and Beth Kono (Dark PlacesSleepwalking with Lady Vengeance) are producing the project for Denver and Delilah, alongside Rob Merilees & Lindsay Macadam for Foundation Features. Brain on Fire is expected to be released later this year by Broad Green Pictures.

28 Oct 2015

12119985_1622886121318881_8585534548579648794_o`John Paesano’s music for ‘The Maze Runner’ won the 2015 Public Choice Award.  The World Soundtrack Academy announced the winners of the 15th World Soundtrack Awards, the closing event of the 42nd Film Fest Gent, on the evening of Saturday 24 October at Kuipke in Ghent.  What makes Film Fest Gent unique in the fully booked festival calender is the focus on music and the celebration of the film composer, unfortunately often the forgotten key figure in the artistic and/or commercial succes of a film. Not at FFGent, however. The 42nd festival takes place from 13 until 24 October 2015 ending with the WSAwards Ceremony & Concert.

30 Jul 2015

91H0gDYomLL._SX425_Sony Classical will release the official soundtrack album for the sequel The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. The album features the film’s original music composed by John Paesano (Daredevil, When the Game Stands Tall, Dreamworks Dragons) who previously scored last year’s first part in the series. The soundtrack will be released on September 11, 2015 and is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Check back on this page for the full album details. The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is directed by Wes Ball and stars Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ki Hong Lee, Patricia Clarkson, Giancarlo Esposito, Aidan Gillen, Nathalie Emmanuel, Rosa Salazar, Jacob Lofland, Barry Pepper and Lili Taylor. The movie will be released nationwide on September 18 by 20th Century Fox.

14 Jul 2015

WSAJohn Paesano nominated for Public Choice Award for the World Soundtrack Awards for his work on “The Maze Runner”

The World Soundtrack Awards are awarded annually to mark and celebrate outstanding achievements in scoring music for motion pictures and to honour other achievements and composers as provided for in the rules and approved by the advisory board of the organizing body, the World Soundtrack Academy.

Launched in 2001 by Film Fest Gent, the World Soundtrack Academy is aimed at organizing and overseeing the educational, cultural and professional aspects of the art of film music, including the preservation of the history of the soundtrack and its worldwide promotion. The latter through the presentation of awards as well as through the development of several other promotional initiatives.

The awards should only be seen as a start. The World Soundtrack Academy is in the process of developing new initiatives that fit in the academy’s mission statement.

The academy also actively contributes to the study of this form of art through organizing seminarsworkshopsmaster classes, etc. as well as through the future publication of these studies and the development of an archive.

Together with Film Fest Gent, the World Soundtrack Academy will also develop initiatives that are aimed at offering a strong platform to emerging film music talent in Europe.

The idea to set up the academy actually comes from a number of film composers attending the festival, and who considered it best placed to create a non-profit structure that would be able to operate completely unbiased.

25 Jun 2015

John Paesano
 has been hired to score the upcoming Fox drama Second Chance. The show is inspired by the classic Mary Shelley mythology and stars Rob Kazinsky, Dilshad Vadsaria, Adhir Kalyan, Tim DeKay and Ciara Bravo The series follows a morally corrupt cop who is given a second chance when he’s brought back from the dead and now has to choose between his old temptations and his new sense of purpose. Rand Ravich (The Astronaut’s Wife, Life) has written the pilot and is executive producing the 20th Century Fox Television production with Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24, Tyrant) and Michael Cuesta (Elementary, Kill the Messenger) who also directed the pilot episode. Paesano has previously composed the music for the Ravich-created NBC drama Crisis. Lookinglass is expected to premiere in early 2016 on Fox. For updates on the series, visit the official show website.

As previously reported, Paesano who recently scored the first season of Netflix’s critically acclaimed Daredevil also has 20th Century Fox’s feature The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials coming up and will begin recording his score for the sequel soon. The composer also scored the upcoming dramas Same Kind of Different As Me starring Renee Zellweger & Greg Kinnear, which is set to open on April 29, 2016 by Paramount Pictures, as well as Angelo Pizzo’s My All American starring Aaron Eckhart, which will be released on October 9, 2015 by Clarius Entertainment. Check out a recent interview with Pizzo in Entertainment Weekly, where he talks about Paesano’s score for the project. The composer also continues to score the new season of DreamWorks Dragons, entitled Dragons: Race to the Edge, which is set before the events of How to Train Your Dragon 2 and follows Hiccup and Toothless as they discover a world beyond the borders of Berk. The animated show will premiere on June 26 on Netflix.

28 Apr 2015

daredevil1Marvel and ABC Studios have a soundtrack album for the Netflix original series Daredevil. The album features selections from the show’s original music composed by John Paesano (The Maze Runner, DreamWorks Dragons, When the Game Stands Tall), including his main title theme. The soundtrack is now available to download on Amazon, where you can also check out audio clips. Daredevil based on the Marvel Comics character stars Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio, Elden Henson, Deborah Ann Woll, Rosario Dawson and Scott Glenn.

The first season of the show executive produced by Drew Goddard and Steven S. DeKnight is now available to stream on Netflix. The series, which follows the journey of Matt Murdock, who was blinded as a young boy and is now fighting against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil, has recently been renewed for a second season.


-Film Music Reporter

13 Apr 2015

SKODAMJohn Paesano is scoring the upcoming drama Same Kind of Different as Me. The film is directed by Michael Carney and stars Renee Zellweger, Greg Kinnear, Djimon Hounsou, Olivia Holt and Jon Voight. The movie based on the book of the same title by Ron Hall, Denver Moore & Lynn Vincent (Heaven Is for Real) follows an international art dealer who must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife. Carney has also written the screenplay with Hall and Alexander Foard. Mary Parent (Pacific Rim, Godzilla, Noah) and Cale Boyter are producing the project for Disruption Entertainment, alongside Hall, Darren Moorman and Stephen Johnson. Paesano has previously composed the music for Carney’s short JewSame Kind of Different As Me is currently in post-production and will be released on April 29, 2016 by Paramount Pictures.

Paesano’s recent projects also include Marvel’s Netflix series Daredevil, which premiered last week. The composer has also scored the sports drama My All American starting Aaron Eckhart and has the YA novel adaptation sequel The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials coming up later this year. He also continues to score DreamWorks Dragons, which will return for a third season this summer on Netflix.