Danny Elfman, a man with red hair wearing a black suit, in front of a purple backdrop

Danny Elfman Composing Dark Universe Score at Epic Universe

Shannen Ace

Legendary composer Danny Elfman confirmed he is composing the score for Dark Universe, the Classic Monsters land in Universal’s new Epic Universe theme park.

Danny Elfman Composing Dark Universe Music

Screenshot of an Instagram story showing a Deadline article about Universal Orlando's new attractions, including a Werewolf Coaster and Frankenstein's Experiment. The story mentions the composer's excitement.

Elfman shared a screenshot of a Deadline article about Dark Universe and linked to Universal’s video reveal on an Instagram story. He wrote, “The Universal Monsters have always been such a big part of my life. I’m grateful and honored to have been chosen to compose the music for the new Dark Universe in @universalorlando. I can’t wait to go!!!”

A group of characters, including a tall man, a woman with a weapon, and various creatures, are in a spooky, mist-filled amusement park under a moonlit sky with castles and roller coasters in the background.

Universal revealed details of Dark Universe just a few days ago. The land will include two major attractions — Monsters Unchained: The Frankenstein Experiment and Curse of the Werewolf. There will also be monster meet and greets, themed restaurants, and a monster makeover experience.

Earlier this year, Elfman teased his work on Dark Universe in an interview with Deadline, stating he was working on “monster music” for an Orlando theme park.

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Danny Elfman at the world premiere of “Wednesday.” on November 16, 2022.Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency/NurPhoto.

Elfman is known for collaborating with Tim Burton and Sam Raimi. Some of his most famous work includes the scores for “Beetlejuice,” “Batman,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Wednesday,” Raimi’s “Spider-Man,” “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” “Meet the Robinsons,” live-action “Alice in Wonderland,” and “Men in Black.” He’s not new to theme park work, having also composed the music for Mystic Manor in Hong Kong Disneyland. A portrait of Elfman appears on the ride.

Epic Universe is set to open in 2025.

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