There's been a lot of convtroversy over the date of the Wing Commander Movie (the fictional date, not the release). Just to clarify, the year is 2654. Not 2564 (as accidently reported at the official site), or 2456 (from the unreleased trailer) or even 2554 (a FOX press release).
Someone over at agwc mentioned that Babbages will be stocking the Wing Commander Movie figures starting March 5th. A quick call confirmed the same for Babbages in my area... the race is on! (Betcha I get sued over the topic header). Babbages web site reports that the figures will ship on the 26th.
In proving that you can put a positive spin on anything, Digital Anvil has released a press release about the new Wing Commander movie website. Lemme be sure and thank Raven (of Gameworlds) for forwarding it to me!
Digital Anvil, Inc., the Austin, Texas-based entertainment company led by computer gaming pioneer Chris Roberts, and Twentieth Century Fox launched the Official WING COMMANDER Movie Web Site last week and already the site has received more than 174,000 hits.
Sonic Images updated their web site with LOTS of information about the Wing Commander Movie soundtrack! There's a track list, more sample music, screenshots, credits, a letter from Chris Roberts, and more! Check it out...
Features on the site include the highly-anticipated WING COMMANDER trailer; profiles and pictures of the cast and crew; in-depth "making-of" features about the film's special effects sequences; exclusive interviews with the people behind the film; contests; and a message board and chat room for fans to discuss the film. The film, based on the first four installments of ORIGIN System's successful Wing Commander computer game series, will be released on March 12th.
WING COMMANDER combines science fiction settings and state-of-the-art special effects created by Digital Anvil, with the story and creative elements of a grand adventure film. The film follows the exploits of rebellious rookie space pilot Christopher Blair, played by Freddie Prinze, Jr. ("She's All That"). Carrying an encoded message about an invasion from an alien race, Blair, his fellow maverick pilot Maniac (Matthew Lillard of "Scream" and "She's All That"), and their beautiful superior officer, Deveraux (Saffron Burrows of "Circle of Friends"), mobilize to evade and ultimately repel the alien attack. Tcheky Karyo, David Suchet, David Warner, Ginny Holder and Jurgen Prochnow also star. Chris Roberts directed the Wing Commander film.
WING COMMANDER is a No Prisoners/Digital Anvil production in association with ORIGIN Systems Inc. and Carousel Picture Company, with Todd Moyer of No Prisoners serving as producer, and Jean-Martial Lefranc and Romain Schroeder as executive producers. WING COMMANDER is rated PG-13.
And then here's Chris Roberts, regarding the soundtrack.
|2.||Pod Scene||1:53 ||11.||Hot Dogs||1:21|
|3.||Torpedo Kilrathi||3:31||12.||Diligent Arrives||2:34|
|4.||Pilgrims||1:50 ||13.||The Gift/Skipper Missile||3:26|
|5.||Rescued||0:55 ||14.||Kilrathi Battle||1:40|
|6.||Into the Quasar||2:45 ||15.||The Big Battle||2:27|
|7.||Bad Decision/Blair||1:27 ||16.||Kilrathi Into Scylla||2:28|
|8.||Angel's Story||1:47 ||17.||Big Damn Ending||2:09|
|9.||The Fleet||1:07 ||Total:||38:22|
When I set out to make "Wing Commander," I en-visioned a classic World War II film as its model. Except that it was set in space, 500 years from now. This motif played strongly in the design and look of the picture. I also wanted it to play strongly in the score. I wanted the music to evoke some of the glorious old war film scores; full of heart, melody and heroic acts. "633 Squadron," "The Dam Busters" and other such classics came to my mind. When I first talked to David and Kevin about the score, they were in tune from step one.
And the credits...
In fact, my first conversation with David had him citing classic war film scores as a jumping- off point - and that was before I'd even pitched him on my 'WWII' in space concept! From that point on, I am happy to say I was in good hands. From hearing the first temps to being blown away by the orchestra on the scoring stage at Air Lyndhurst, I was constantly surprised and impressed. The sound they've managed to capture evokes epic movies from the fifties and sixties. It's some of the best space music I've heard, right up there with the classics we've all grown up with. The film required many things of the score, bravery, guts, youthfulness, mystery, danger, loss and redemption. David and Kevin delivered all that and hummable melodies into the bargain! (I guarantee you'll be whistling the title cue as you leave the cinema.) The film grows as a result. Bravo! Here's to working together again.
Catalog No: 8905002
Score produced by David Arnold and Kevin Kiner
Album produced by Kevin Kiner and Mark Evans
Executive Producers for Sonic Images - Ford A. Thaxton and Brad Pressman
Orchestrated and conducted by Nicholas Dodd
Orchestra conductor - Isobel Griffiths
Music editor - Dina Eaton
Score recorded and mixed by Geoff Foster and Mark Evans
Recorded at Air Lyndhurst, London
CD mastered by James Nelson at Digital Outland (Tacoma, WA)
All Tracks BMI
Design - Wolfgang Fenchel
Computer images by Digital Anvil
"Wing Commander" logo courtesy of 20th Century-Fox