Composer Mark Kilian has signed on to score the upcoming drama Bless Me, Ultima. The movie is based on the bestselling novel by Rudolfo Anaya and tells the coming-of-age story of a young man growing up in New Mexico during World War II and his relationship with an elderly medicine woman who helps him navigate the battle between good and evil that rages in his village. The film is directed by Carl Franklin (Devil in a Blue Dress, One True Thing, High Crimes, Out of Time) and stars Luke Ganalon and Miriam Colon. Mark Johnson (Rain Man, Donnie Brasco, The Chronicles of Narnia) is among the film’s producers. No release date has been set yet for the movie.

Kilian also has the horror thriller The Ward coming out this summer. The film directed by John Carpenter tells the story about a woman who becomes terrorized by a ghost in a mental institution. The movie stars Amber Heard, Lyndsy Fonseca, Danielle Panabaker, Jared Harris and Mamie Gummer. The project is Carpenter’s first feature film that he didn’t compose music for himself since 1992’s Memoirs of an Invisible Man, which featured a score by Shirley Walker. The Ward premiered at last year’s Toronto Film Festival and is scheduled to be released in theaters this July. Check out the trailer below and visit the official movie webpage for more information.