Santa Monica, CA, June 16, 2017 --(PR.com
)-- Milan Records will release a full soundtrack for the National Geographic series, Genius, executive produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, with original music by composer Lorne Balfe (The Lego® Batman Movie, Terminator: Genisys, Churchill). The soundtrack will be released digitally on June 23 and on CD July 28, 2017. The label previously released an EP of score from the series.
“I’m incredibly honored to be writing music for many geniuses – Geoffrey Rush and Johnny Flynn as Albert Einstein, and for an amazing team led by executive producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, and showrunner Ken Biller,” said Balfe. “I’m very excited that Milan will be releasing the full score from the first season of this incredible show.”
Genius, National Geographic’s first-ever scripted series, premiered in April to critical raves. Called “joyful to watch” by the Los Angeles Times and “compelling” by The New York Times, Genius explores how Albert became Einstein, including his rise from humble origins as an imaginative, rebellious thinker, through his struggles to be recognized by the establishment, to his global celebrity status as the man who unlocked the mysteries of the cosmos with his theory of relativity. Based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling book Einstein: His Life and Universe the series stars Geoffrey Rush as Professor Einstein, Johnny Flynn as Albert in his youth, and Emily Watson as the scientist’s second wife – and first cousin – Elsa Einstein. The series hails from Fox 21 Television Studios, Imagine Television - whose chairman Ron Howard directed the series’ first episode - Oddlot Entertainment and EUE/Sokolow. The special two-part finale of Genius airs Tuesday, June 20 at 9/8c.
“Music was very important to Einstein,” said Balfe. “It was part of his thought process; he used music to distance himself from the problematic equations that he was trying to solve. The distance would then lead to the solutions.”
Balfe was influenced by Einstein’s own musical talents with his approach to the score. He explained, “Einstein was a fantastic violin player from all accounts, so that was an interesting color to bring into the score.”
Milan Records will release the Genius Season One soundtrack, featuring original music by Lorne Balfe digitally on June 23 and on CD July 28, 2017.
For more information contact Beth Krakower, The Krakower Group, 310.294.3600,
Beth@KrakowerGroup.com, or @KrakowerGroup on Twitter
About Lorne Balfe
Lorne Balfe [Genius, The Lego® Batman Movie, Ghost In The Shell] is a Grammy Award-winning, Emmy and Bafta nominated film composer from Inverness, Scotland. His filmography boasts an incredible breadth and depth of titles, ranging from major studio to independent films, tentpole video game franchises, beloved animated feature films, critically acclaimed television series, and documentary features.
Lorne’s recent film credits include; The Lego Batman Movie (Warner Bros.); Ghost In The Shell (Paramount Pictures); Terminator Genisys (Paramount Pictures); 13 Hours: The Secret Soldier of Benghazi (Paramount Pictures). His upcoming projects include Churchill (Head Gear Films), Geostorm (directed by Dean Devlin and Danny Cannon), and the Ron Howard-produced television series about Albert Einstein titled Genius (National Geographic),
2010 saw the release of Lorne’s first major feature film, Megamind, which he co-composed with Hans Zimmer. In 2011 he teamed up again with Zimmer, co-composing the score for The Dilemma (directed by Ron Howard), while finding his footing in the video game world, composing alongside Jesper Kyd on Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (Bafta nomination for Best Original Music). Since that time, Lorne’s video game credits include Crysis 2, four titles in the Skylanders series (Spyro's Adventure, Giants, Swap Force, and Trap Team), Assassin's Creed III, Assassin's Creed: The Tyranny of King Washington, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and Beyond: Two Souls.
Simultaneously towing the line between the film/TV and video game worlds, Lorne has shown his versatility with such films as Terminator Geniysy , the animated features Home and Penguins of Madagascar, The Sweeney (based on the beloved British TV series), the historical epic Ironclad, the Gloria Trevi-biopic Gloria, and acclaimed documentaries Manny (about the life of Manny Pacquiao), Salinger (about JD Salinger) and The Last Man On The Moon (Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan). His television work includes The Bible (co-composed with Hans Zimmer), Sons of Liberty, and two current series, The Story of God With Morgan Freeman and Marcella. Lorne earned his first Emmy nomination for the 2012 mini-series Restless.
Genius is executive produced by Imagine’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Francie Calfo, and coproduced by Anna Culp; showrunner, executive producer and writer is Ken Biller. From OddLot Entertainment, Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane are executive producers and Melissa Rucker is coproducer. Sam Sokolow and Jeff Cooney from EUE/Sokolow are also executive producers. Writer Noah Pink, who adapted the series for the screen, is co-executive producer. For National Geographic, Carolyn G. Bernstein is executive vice president and head of global scripted development and production. The series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, Imagine Television and OddLot Entertainment.