LOS ANGELES, May 20 (UPI) -- Don Davis, who wrote the score for "The Matrix Reloaded," plans music on a Wagnerian-scale score for the third "Matrix" movie, "The Matrix Revolutions."
So far Davis has only a rough idea what the music should sound like, but he doesn't sound too worried about coming up with something.
"Yeah, I've been thinking about that and, you know, I'm sure an idea is going to come my way any minute," he said.
In an interview with United Press International, Davis said he just knows it needs to be something grand.
"I don't think I'm giving away any secrets to say that 'Revolutions' is about the final war between man and machine," he said. I think I can safely say that the music in 'Revolutions' is going to be more like (the Richard Wagner opera) 'Götterdämmerung.' It really is 'The Twilight of the Gods.' The needs of the music to be epic will pave my way."
Davis collaborated with Juno Reactor -- a leading electronic music band for the better part of the past two decades -- to come up with a sound for "The Matrix Reloaded" that some critics are suggesting might serve as the jumping off point for a new approach in music. Davis thinks they might be right.
"It sounds like it would be self-flattery to answer in the positive," he said, "so I will jump into the realm of self-flattery to say I think so."
Davis said his challenge from the beginning on "The Matrix" has been to come up with something that's never been heard before.
"I was challenged to do that in 'The Matrix,'" he said. "When 'Reloaded' came along the concept was to go further in the direction and to top myself. It was a little bit daunting to jump on my own shoulders, but collaborating with (Juno Reactor's) Ben (Watkins) was one of the ways we thought we could do that."
The point-of-view games that "Matrix" writer-directors Andy and Larry Wachowski play on audiences are reflected in the title of one of Juno Reactor's three tracks on the movie's soundtrack album: "Burly Brawl -- Juno Reactor v. Don Davis."
"Burly Brawl" is one of the sequences in "Reloaded" that's getting major praise from movie critics -- who otherwise have found much to criticize about "Reloaded."
Davis said he isn't sure anyone -- critics included -- can actually "get" the movie after just one viewing.
"I've seen it lots of times and read the script and know the directors, so I know the movie makes sense," he said. "People didn't understand 'The Matrix' at first, and kept coming back for more until the whole culture accepted this as a great movie."
The Wachowski brothers are so publicity shy, they reportedly have it in their contract that they do not need to appear publicly to help promote the movies. Davis is willing to speak for them, even going as far as revealing their hidden agenda -- to transform the movie business.
"They want to make other moviemakers stop and think before they release product that is mediocre," he said. "They want other moviemakers to stop doing wasteful thing and putting out product just to make money. Their agenda is to raise the standards in the whole industry."
Davis even suggested that Agent Smith and the other dark forces of "The Matrix" represent what the Wachowskis see as a dark force in the movie business -- "agents coming in and trying to destroy anything that's creative."
Davis composed music for TV in the 1970s and '80s ("Hart to Hart," "Beauty and the Beast," "Star Trek: The Next Generation"). He won Emmys for "Beauty and the Beast" (1990) and "SeaQuest DSV" (1995).
In 1996, Davis collaborated for the first time with the Wachowski brothers, writing the score for the sexual drama "Bound." His film resume also features "House on Haunted Hill" (1999) and "Jurassic Park III" (2001).
If Davis' score for "The Matrix" has been an influence on other movie composers, he hasn't noticed it yet.
"I think I've detected some resonances of that but I'm not too concerned about people plagiarizing me," he said. "There are ideas that are out there and it's part of our cultural heritage, and to get too proprietary about that is self-defeating."
Most of all, Davis said it is astonishing to him to have been part of the creation of something that has entered the cultural lexicon.
"I've never experienced that before and it's something almost mystical," he said.