Cliff Martinez has signed on to score the upcoming action thriller Drive. The film based on James Sallis’ crime novel of the same name and adapted for the screen by Hossein Amini (the Wings of the Dove, The Four Feathers) revolves around a Hollywood stunt drive who moonlights as a getaway driver in L.A.’s criminal underworld. He finds himself a target after agreeing to aid the ex-con boyfriend of his beautiful neighbor in a job that goes dangerously awry. The movie stars Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Christina Hendricks, Albert Brooks, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman and Oscar Isaacs. Drive is directed by Nicolas Winding Refn who is best known for directing the Pusher trilogy and 2008’s action biopic Bronson. FilmDistrict is planning to release the film on September 16, 2011. 

Martinez is also scoring the French comedy Talk Show. The film is directed by Xavier Giannoli who has previously worked with the composer on the 2009 drama In the Beginning, for which Martinez has received a César nomination for best music. Talk Show stars Aurore Broutin and Cécile De France. According to, the film tells the story of a mistake made in the media and what is at stake for humanity. The movie is expected to be released in France later this year.

As announced earlier on this page, Martinez also has the Steven Soderbergh-directed action thriller Contagion coming out this fall. The legal thriller The Lincoln Lawyer, which the composer recently scored is now playing in theaters and the score has been released on Lakeshore Records. For a recent video interview with Martinez on the music for the movie, visit Aint It Cool News.