The trailer for Kevin Smith’s new comedy, Cop Out, is now on the Apple Trailers page. The cop comedy, starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan, will be released in February and marks two firsts for Smith: 1. the first time he’s directing a project not from his own screenplay, and 2. his first film released by someone other than the Weinstein brothers (UPDATE: I forgot about Mallrats. Carry on…). Instead of the Weinstein Bros., he’s got Warner Bros., and the film has the look and feel of a big studio production. That doesn’t mean Smith can’t still throw in a few clever auteur strokes, like hiring Harold Faltermeyer to do the Cop Out score. It had been rumored for a couple of months that Smith was approaching Faltermeyer to score the film, thereby ending the award-winning composer’s semi-retirement.
With the premiere of the new trailer, a credit block confirms that Faltermeyer is scoring the film. This adds a whole dimension of “cool” to the project, as Faltermeyer gave audiences the heartbeat of 1980s cop comedies. His credits include Beverly Hills Cop & Beverly Hills Cop II (he’s the man behind the often-referenced theme “Axel F”), Fletch, Fatal Beauty, and Tango & Cash. Faltermeyer also composed the iconic, guitar-based score to Top Gun as well as the brooding synth score for The Running Man. A native German, Faltermeyer knew how to create modern pieces of music that captured the spirit of 1980s action movie mania. So, in his attempt to further the 80s-buddy-cop homage in Cop Out, Kevin Smith has enlisted the right man for his score. An army of movie fans that came of age in the 1980s, look forward to what his next piece is all about. The biggest question: will he update his now-dated sound?