JB007 pointed me to two quotes regarding the fact that DA is not doing Battlestar Galactica over at Movie Salvage... sounds like there's no love lost between No Prisoners and Digital Anvil.
"The information reported that Digital Anvil is attached to the visual effects for Battlestar Galactica, is not true. The project is being developed by No Prisoners Productions which is the parent corporation of No Prisoners 3D FX, a visual effects facility formed by the VFX production staff of 'Wing Commander' after it's completion. The producer of 'Wing Commander' Todd Moyer will also be producing "Battlestar Galactica".
"Perhaps someone actually talked to those people and they want to create a buzz about themselves (whether they should or not), but more likely, the rumor is taking on a life of its own as it is re-circulated (making it look more like fact). Obviously nothing OFFICIAL has been released, or else EVERYONE would be circulating the press release of a Big Studio who is developing the property (and who would ultimately hire an effects shop). Hands down, that type of Official Release would fast-become widespread."
Those guys over at AICN get everything... they've posted a review of the Wing Commander Movie Soundtrack. A GOOD review. Check it out... You can grab a 28 second sample of the music in mp3 format here, thanks to Smily. It's rather... epic, I'm really looking forward to March 9th.
Wing Commander is, simply, a score which is likely to go on long after the movie itself has faded into oblivion. It's not a tremendous score, but it is huge, energized and propulsive - drawing on many of the sensibilities which make its two composers so good to begin with.
The Wing Commander score is richly textured and incredibly layered, various melody lines dodging in and out of (and running beneath) action motifs create a sense of both consistent style within the score, and an ever changing tapestry in it's presentation. It's got a specific sound, but it's varied enough so it doesn't become boring.
Wing Commander's theme was composed by David Arnold (who, I am told, also served as something of a "supervisor" for the rest of the score). One may remember Arnold's work from Stargate, Independence Day, and the amazingly suave and cool score for Tomorrow Never Dies. In fact, Wing Commander's score manifests many of Tomorrow Never Dies' better sensibilities - if you dug Arnold's work in TND, you'll probably get a kick out of WC.
Arnold associate Kevin Kiner is credited with composing the WC score itself. Kiner has scored the Emmerich and Devlin series The Visitor (for which Arnold wrote the theme show's music and score for the first episode) and Stargate SG-1 (Arnold's theme is cannibalized and used throughout the series). In other words, Kiner knows how to work with Arnold as a guideline, and how to integrate his own "sound" with Arnolds' unique style. The result is a nice mix between the two composers, as Kiner's work is not entirely imitative, but recognizable enough as not to clash with with the efforts of the composer he is trying to complement.
Richly textured and densely layered, Arnold and Kiner's Wing Commander score should hit stores on March 9. Having not seen the film, I can not vouch for how well this score will work with the imagery it's meant to accompany. But on its own, this is a fun and exhilarating listen which may well become a cult favorite in the not too distant future.
The people who produce the RibMan online comic strip report that former Wing Commander actor Mark Hamill has written the storyline for a series of strips which debuts March 12th. Something to check out while not at the theater that day...
Some areas are now reporting that local FOX affiliates are now showing the Wing Commander Movie commercials. Be on the lookout...