By now, thanks to his extensive work on films by Steven Soderbergh, and his imprint on recent cult faves “Drive” and “Spring Breakers,” composer Cliff Martinez doesn’t need much introduction. In fact, his unique brand of percussive, synth-y compositions make his scores immediately recognizable every time out, and yet, they are distinct, and bring a singular texture and mood to whatever project they’re associated with. And once again, he’s got an intriguing film on his plate.
During an interview with Celluloid Tunes (via Film Music Reporter), Martinez revealed he’ll score Cary Fukunaga‘s “Beasts Of No Nation.” Starring Idris Elba and based on the book by Uzodinma Iweala, the story follows Agu, a young boy forced to become a child soldier, with Elba playing The Commander who initiates Agu into his army. It’s certainly much different than the genre world Martinez sometimes finds himself in, and we’re intrigued to see what his flavor adds to the mix.
There’s no release date for the film just yet, but until we know more, check out Celluloid Tunes’ chat with Martinez below, covering his career, working with Soderbergh, and more.