Mark has completed the score for Planes, and will score Planes 2 for release next summer! He is also composing a musical theatre adaptation for Broadway of the film August Rush with book writer Glen Berger (Spider-man) for WB along with CJ Entertainment and producer Richard B. Lewis.
Mark has recently finished work on Penthouse North, reuniting him with director Joseph Ruben. The film will be released by the Weinstein Company. Mark is also starting work on a musical based on August Rush.
A Note from Mark:
Much of my life revolves around the classical guitar. I have been actively seeking out the finest players in the world, listening and experiencing their artistry. I am embarking on an incredible undertaking to bring together the world’s greatest guitarist to perform my original compositions from some of my most successful and/or favorite film scores. Now is the time to bring these contemporary film scores to life in extraordinary arrangements for the classical guitar and orchestra. I will update you as this project progresses. This is truly a labor of love, and it will take some time. But I look forward to sharing the finished product with you! Keep listening… Mark Mancina
Mark recently was commissioned by Disney to compose a 30 minute original suite with recording artist Kaelii Rachell. The suite, entitled, “The Journey” will be played in the in and around the grounds of Disney’s new Hawaiian resort, Aulani.
Mark is currently working on an unreleased Sony project titled Sorcery. More details to come!
La-La Land Records has released limited edition soundtracks for Mark’s scores to Speed 2 and Money Train. The record label has previously released Mark’s score to Bad Boys.
Mark Mancina has produced a song for the new Clint Eastwood film Invictus. The song is called “Colorblind”, and Mark played all the instruments and it is sung by Overtone. Mark is currently working with them writing and producing.
Mark is also writing songs and score for a new “Unnamed Rob Minkoff Christmas Musical”.
The soundtrack to August Rush has received a Grammy nomination for “Best Compilation Soundtrack Album”! The winners of the 51st Annual Grammy Awards will be announced on Sunday, February 8th, 2009 at 8pm on CBS!
Mark has recently started work on the new Weinstein Co./MGM film, Hurricane Season. Directed by Tim Story and starring Forest Whitaker and Isaiah Washington, the film is expected to be released in March 2009.
USA Gymnastics Team member Shawn Johnson used Mark’s cue, “Rhapsody No. 1 in C Major” from August Rush in her floor dance routine – and she garnered a silver medal!
Mark is currently working on the animated film First Love, as well as new episodes of the hit television show, “Criminal Minds”.
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