13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of BenghaziFeaturing Original Music By Lorne Balfe
(January 14, 2016 – Santa Monica, CA) – Paramount Music will release the 13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI – Music from the Motion Picture digitally on January 15, 2016. The album features the film’s original score by Lorne Balfe (TERMINATOR GENISYS, PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR).
“The film is really about the soldiers’ ordeal and how they coped with the situation at hand,” said Balfe. “Michael [Bay] does a great job keeping the film from becoming political. The film is really here to honor the soldiers and the men and women who ultimately had to step up and do everything they could to save as many people as possible.”
From director Michael Bay, 13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI is the gripping true story of six elite ex-military operators assigned to protect the CIA who fought back against overwhelming odds when terrorists attacked a U.S. diplomatic compound on September 11, 2012. When everything went wrong, six men had the courage to do what was right. “13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI” is directed by Michael Bay from a screenplay by Chuck Hogan, based on the book 13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff and Members of the Annex Security Team. Produced by Erwin Stoff and Michael Bay. The film stars James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Pablo Schreiber and Toby Stephens.
“The music needed to reflect the complex feelings the guys were dealing with and so instead of creating a solely action-packing score, we stuck with more simple electronic soundscapes,” Balfe described. “Peter Gregson brought to the table his immense talent on electric cello and the sound we created with him, I think, evoked the feelings of isolation and abandonment that the men had to deal with.”
Lorne Balfe is a Grammy Award-winning, EMMY and BAFTA nominated film composer from Inverness, Scotland. Lorne is known for composing the scores to Dreamworks Animation’s Penguins of Madagascar and Home, as well as Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media’s Terminator Genisys.
Lorne’s credits include major studio film releases, video game franchises, beloved animated features, and highly acclaimed documentaries. In 2014 Lorne composed the score for Manny, a documentary about the life of Manny Pacquiao, eight-division world champion and ten-time world title winning boxer, which premiered at SXSW in 2015. He composed the score for Dreamworks Animation’s Penguins of Madagascar that was released worldwide in the fall of 2014. Immediately following the release of Penguins, Lorne completed the score for Dreamworks Animation’s Home starring Rihanna, Jim Parsons and Steve Martin that released in March 2015. Later that year, he composed the music for the highly anticipated, most recent installment of the Terminator franchise, Terminator Genisys.
In addition to recognition earned for producing two of Hans Zimmer’s Oscar-nominated scores, Sherlock Holmes and Inception, Lorne has also received significant recognition for his work in the United Kingdom. In 2009, Lorne was nominated for the Discovery of the Year World Soundtrack Award for his score in the BAFTA award-winning film, Crying With Laughter. The same year he was nominated for the prestigious Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award.
While working in the UK, Lorne composed the scores for Ironclad, The Sweeney, Not Another Happy Ending (starring Karen Gillan of Doctor Who) and Side by Side. His music is featured in the BBC and Sundance Channel TV mini-series, Restless, starring Hayley Atwell and Rufus Sewell, for which Lorne received the 2013 EMMY nomination for Outstanding Music Composition. Lorne continues his work with director Nick Love (The Sweeney) with the score for Love’s latest film starring Stephen Dorff, AMERICAN HERO.
In the U.S. Lorne worked alongside director Scott Walker for Walker’s film The Frozen Ground, starring John Cusack, Nicolas Cage and Vanessa Hudgens. In collaboration with composer Rachel Portman, Lorne completed the music for 10×10′s feature documentary Girl Rising, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard E. Robbins that features narration by Hollywood actresses such as Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett. After years of work with director Shane Salerno, Lorne’s music in the highly secretive feature documentary, Salinger, was finally released in September 2013.
When he hasn’t been composing for film, Lorne has found additional footing in the video game world. In 2011, Lorne composed alongside Jesper Kyd for the game, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and earned a BAFTA nomination for Best Original Music. A year later in 2012, Lorne was already hard at work composing as a solo composer for Skylanders: Giants and Assassin’s Creed III that earned Lorne his second BAFTA nomination for Best Original Music, as well as the nomination for the BSO Goldspirit Award for Best Score for a Video Game. In late 2013 Skylanders: Swap Force as well as Beyond: Two Souls were released. Beyond: Two Souls features performances by Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe and received three BAFTA nominations including one for Best Original Music. Lorne has since composed the scores for all of the most recent Skylanders games by Activision.
“Being able to work with Michael and be part of the telling of this important story, was a fantastic experience,” said Balfe.
Paramount Pictures presents 13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI in theaters on January 15, 2016.