The composer for J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Trek prequel revealed that he intends to keep the original theme music from the original Star Trek television series, composed by Alexander Courage. In an interview with SCI FI Wire, Giacchino said "I think that the thing to do would be to hold on to the only thing that does speak-that says Star Trek: The Motion Picture -universally, which is the [opening theme from the original series]."
In the interview, Giacchino revealed a few details about the film's plot and the relationship between the plot and the music, "To me, that fanfare, boom, that says it all right there," he said. "And this film is about everything that came before that. So, yes, I want to keep that. But everything that was done after that, it shouldn't be about that. It needs to be about these characters now and how they met and all of these things. So it's a very kind of specific place and time."
This will not be Giacchino's first experience working with Abrams; he has previously worked with Abrams on Alias and Lost.
Giacchino does admit that he is somewhat nervous about following in the footsteps of such Star Trek: The Motion Picture film composers as James Horner and Jerry Goldsmith.
"I grew up listening to all of that great music, and that's part of what inspired me to do what I'm doing," Giacchino said. "So, yeah, it's horrifying to think that I've got to go and stand in line with those guys." He added: "You just go in scared. You just hope you do your best. It's one of those things where the film will tell me what to do."
Star Trek is scheduled for release on Dec. 25, 2008.