One of the more consistent collaborative pairs in recent years has been that of filmmaker Christopher Nolan and composer Hans Zimmer. Whilst Nolan used David Julyan for his earlier work like “Following,” “”Memento,” “Insomnia” and (albeit a bit later) “The Prestige” film scores, Zimmer has done all the rest including the Dark Knight trilogy, “Inception,” “Interstellar” and “Dunkirk”.
Nolan’s upcoming “Tenet” marks a departure however with Ludwig Goransson taking over the score for Nolan’s new film. The reason though isn’t due to some falling out, rather Zimmer’s schedule meant he had to make a choice – work with Nolan again or work on the film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel “Dune” for “Prisoners” and “Blade Runner 2049” helmer Denis Villeneuve.
He chose the latter and, speaking with The Fourth Wall podcast, Zimmer says the decision was easy and has much more to do with his upbringing than his opinion on either project’s artistic merits:
“‘Dune’ is one of my favorite books from my teenage years and I love Denis Villeneuve, obviously…it’s nice working with, it almost feels like family. I never saw the original ‘Dune’ movie, so I’m coming at this in a fresh way, just from the book. I have to do it, and Chris [Nolan] understands I have to do it. He’s going to be just fine.”
“Dune” is set to arrive in cinemas, with a score by Zimmer, on November 20th 2020. Zimmer’s recent work can be heard in Disney’s remake of “The Lion King” opening in cinemas Friday.