Composer Harry Gregson-Williams on creating an “edge-of-your-seat score” for The Meg

The Meg composer Harry Gregson-Williams (The Town, the Equalizer films, the Shrek franchise) has said that he hopes to have created an "edge-of-your-seat score that helps the audience to immerse themselves" in the film, which stars Jason Statham and award-winning Chinese actress Li Bingbing.

The soundtrack was released on Friday, 3 August, one week before the film is due in cinemas.

Harry Gregson-Williams is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after composers, whose scores span the spectrum of high-profile projects from action to drama to animation—each infused with the emotional punch and atmospheric intensity that mark his distinctive musical style. 

“For The Meg, I set out to create a memorable, recognizable sonic motif that follows the mystery of the great Megalodon—something robust in nature, which acted as a kind of warning call and instilled an immediate sense of fear and suspense when signaled. In search of this sound, I stumbled upon the conch as an instrument of musical focus. Its call was both distinctive and ancient, and I felt it offered a voice to the vast terror of a concealed underwater world," said Gregson-Williams.

“Working with Jon Turteltaub has been one of the most enjoyable collaborative experiences I’ve ever had the pleasure of being a part of,” he continued. 

“He would arrive at my studio bringing with him the unbridled optimism and unique humor that only Jon possesses. He regularly took the time to remind me that the film should always feel fun, exciting, and anticipatory, and encouraged me to direct that positive energy into the music at each step of the process. In the end, I hope I was able to achieve an edge-of-your-seat score that helps the audience to immerse themselves in this dynamic feature film that Jon so masterfully created.”