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Composer Brian Tyler talks ‘The Expendables 2’, film opens Friday, August 17th

“I’m so thrilled to continue the musical journey that I started on the first chapter of The Expendables,” says film composer Brian Tyler of his experience composing the original score for “The Expendables 2” which hits theaters nationwide on Friday, August 17th. “Back with a vengeance, this one called for an epic approach to the music to complement the narrative. Combining world percussion and dark electronic elements with an orchestral landscape allowed me to capture the essence of the renegade expendables spirit.”

Brian Tyler Composes Original Score for 'The Expendables 2'
Photo Courtesy of Brian Tyler

Lionsgate and Millennium Films’ “The Expendables 2” is the much-anticipated sequel to the 2010 smash hit, which earned $274 million worldwide. This one has an incredible line-up of stars including Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Liam Hemsworth, Chuck Norris, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Scott Adkins, Yu Nan and Jason Statham. Directed by Simon West, this film is filled with adrenaline pumping action packed scenes topped off with classic one-liners from Hollywood’s top heavyweights. With the filmmakers going for massive with this second installment, Tyler adds, “This one has just the right amount of fun. They put everyone in it and it just works. There’s a reprising theme, but it’s an entirely new film.”

Saying of his second go-around with The Expendables franchise that he had a fun time scoring this film, he explains, “It’s a great thing to go back and work on a franchise. It’s a cool collaboration. I don’t remember scoring a film with so many of the people that I’ve grown up watching.”

Jam-packed with the classic straight-up action that fans expect and love, the story follows The Expendables as they are hired to do what at first appears to be a simple job, but as history is about to repeat itself, nothing in their line of work is ever easy. When things go horribly, and fatally wrong, these mercenaries seek out revenge.

“I wrote a few themes for The Expendables,” he explains. “There’s the hero theme, a revved up theme for the battle scenes, a melodic theme that’s more melancholy with a touch of heroism for the first time when one of our team dies, and in the end it’s more of a celebratory theme.” Tyler’s pulse-pounding score blends effortlessly making the perfect accompaniment to a tie-in with the first film. “We took what already existed and expanded it. If you watch both films in tandem you can see the connection.” A film that he says is almost like watching a spectator sport, he adds, “This film really involves the audience and it’s fun to see with a rowdy crowd.”

With over sixty films on his resume to date, including The Fast & The Furious, Eagle Eye and Battle: Los Angeles, Tyler has accrued his share of recognition including a 2011 nomination for Film Composer of the Year by the International Film Music Critics Association as well as a recent nomination for the 2012 BSO Goldspirit Award for Best Composer of the Year. He was awarded the BMI Film Music Award for Fast Five, Battle: Los Angeles and The Expendables in 2011.

Tyler is currently working on the coming of age story Goat Island directed by D.J. Caruso and starring Val Kilmer and Radha Mitchell.

The Expendables 2 opens nationwide on Friday, August 17th and the album is now available exclusively through iTunes.

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