Award-winning composer Christopher Lennertz (Agent Carter, Identity Thief, Horrible Bosses, upcoming film The Boss) scores My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, the long-awaited follow-up to one of the highest-grossing romantic comedies of all time. The film opens in theaters March 25th. Directed by Kirk Jones (Nanny McPhee, Everybody’s Fine, Waking Ned Devine), the film shows a Portokalos family secret that will bring everyone back together for an even bigger and ‘Greeker’ wedding. Written by Academy Award nominee Nia Vardalos, who also stars alongside John Corbett, Rita Wilson, and much of the returning cast, Lennertz cited his Sicilian roots and family for inspiration.
The composer described his perception of the film by saying, “This is both funny, full of heart and the ethnic nature of it is really touching. I come from a big Italian family on my mother’s side, so this felt familiar to me. Being able to continue this story and take it further in a more emotional direction with their daughter was special to me. I have two, so I could really relate.”
In addition to incorporating traditional instruments, Lennertz used Greek instruments in unconventional ways to give a subconscious feeling of the ethnic influence.
“I didn’t write just Greek music,” Lennertz said. “I wrote music that concentrated solely on the emotion of the characters, and augmented everything with Bazouki and Baglama instruments. The first cue I wrote was when Nia finds her glasses at Zorba’s after a very long time. It was a perfect place to establish the film’s main theme, and really define her emotional arc in the film. We used a medium sized orchestra of strings, winds, and recorded overseas for the majority of the score.”
Composer Christopher Lennertz’ success ranges from scoring star-studded films – including box office hit comedies like Identity Thief, Horrible Bosses, and family films like Alvin and the Chipmunks and Hop – to scoring popular television series and video games. Lennertz has also collaborated with music giants including Basil Poledouris, Michael Kamen, Dave Grusin, RZA, Alien Ant Farm, members of Pearl Jam, Jane’s Addiction and Dave Matthews Band. His groundbreaking collaboration with Ozomatli on their record “Street Signs” garnered a Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock Album.Lennertz’ credits in video games include the final installments to both Mass Effect 3, Starhawk, Medal of Honor, the James Bond: 007 series, Gun, andMadden NFL 25. His TV credits include Marvel’s Agent Carter for which he also co-wrote an original song with Oscar-nominee David Zippel. Lennertz also scored the musical comedy Galavant, where he collaborated with Oscar-winning composer and songwriter Alan Menken (Tangled, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas). Lennertz continues to work with Menken in the upcoming animated film Sausage Party created by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, which just screened at SXSW and will be released on August 12th, 2016. Lennertz is also scoring Universal’s The Boss, a comedy starring Melissa McCarthy releasing on April 8th, 2016.