exodusAlberto Iglesias has been hired to score the upcoming biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings. The film is directed by Ridley Scott and stars Christian Bale, Aaron Paul, Joel Edgerton, Sigourney Weaver and John Turturro, Ben Kingsley, Indira Varma, Ben Mendelsohn and Maria Valverde. The movie is based on the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt as led by Moses and related in the Old Testament Book of Exodus. Steve Zaillian (Schindler’s ListMoneyballThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) has written the screenplay based on a screen story by Bill Collage & Adam Cooper (Accepted). Scott is also producing the project with Peter Chernin (Rise of the Planet of the ApesOblivion, The Heat), Jenno Topping, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam. Scott has previously collaborated with such composers as Hans Zimmer (GladiatorBlack Hawk Down), Vangelis (The Blade Runner), Jerry Goldsmith (Alien), Marc Streitenfeld (Robin HoodPrometheus), Harry Gregson-Williams (Kingdom of Heaven) and most recently, Daniel Pemberton (The Counselor). Exodus: Gods and Kings is set to be released on December 12, 2014 by 20th Century Fox. For updates on the film, visit the official movie website.

The Spanish composer who has received three Academy Award nominations for his music for The Constant Gardener, The Kite Runner and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy also has the Spanish drama Ma ma coming up. The film is written and directed by Julio Medem and stars Penelope Cruz, Luis Tosar  and Asier Exteandia. Alvaro Longoria (CheThe Monk) is executive producing the project. Iglesias has previously collaborated with Medem on such features as Sex and Lucia and Lovers of the Arctic Circle. No release date has been announced yet for Ma ma.

  1. Brent says:

    Hmm, very interesting. I wonder what happened between him and Marc? Also, I’m wondering if this was partly done because of the tax breaks of shooting in and using crew from Spain.

  2. Roger says:

    Ridley sucks at picking composers

    • Brent says:

      Yes, he definitely sucks when he gets Goldsmith, Zimmer, Vangelis and Gregson-Williams on his team. Where’s the problem again?

      • Roger says:

        In him picking composers. I just said it. what’s wrong?

    • Howard Hand says:

      He’s not necessarily bad at picking composers but he’s terrible when it comes to the handling of the music in the film itself.

  3. Ryan says:

    Yeah, especially when he hired Jerry Goldsmith! TWICE! Oh, wait…

  4. Brian says:

    Ridley finally got tired of pupils at Zimmer … Although I enjoyed the work of Marc in American Gangster …

    He probably got tired of mainstream music wave in Hollywood, and should want a view outside. Iglesias has done some interesting work in The Kite Runner, and the score of The Constant Gardener is one of his best works. In my view, was an ambitious choice.

  5. Ian says:

    The composer, like the actors, cinematographers, editor, etc, is merely a tool for the director to craft the story. Yes, their individuality will surface, but in the end….

  6. Justin Boggan says:

    Sounds like Scott should go overseas more often and sapre us another Clone Factory score.

  7. ed says:

    A lot of great scores have come from the Scott factory: “Alien;” “Blade Runner;” “Legend;” “Black Rain;” “1492;” Gladiator…”I