Not everyone around Splash Page HQ is as obsessed with film and television composers as I am, but even if you only half-listen to the music in movies — particularly music in movies over the past few years — Hans Zimmer has made an impact on your filmgoing life.
Not only is the man responsible for the music of "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight" a brilliant composer, he's absolutely delightful in person, too — even when MTV News is constantly harassing him for "The Dark Knight Rises" scoops. And that's exactly what I did last night when I caught up with Zimmer at the premiere of yet another film he scored, the animated adventure "Rango."
Asked how many notes of "The Dark Knight Rises" score he has down now, Zimmer laughed, "Ugh. No, no, no, no." [Translation: I don't want to talk about that!]
Pressing on, I threw out a couple of specific notes to see if he'd confirm or deny something he's already written into the score. Might there be an F sharp in there? D Minor?
"There's definitely a D minor in it," Zimmer responded, warming up. "Absolutely. We've got some D minor going on. No, we are thinking hard about that one right now. That's going to be extraordinary."
Asked if he plans on writing a pronounced theme into the score or inserting something more subtle or tricky (a la his sneaky use of Edith Piaf's “Non, je ne regrette rien” in "Inception"), Zimmer said, "Don't quite know yet."
"No, I'm not going to say," he said. "The one thing I can tell you is that it's going to be a lot more epic. Extraordinarily epic."
But what does that mean, Hans?!?
"I don't know, it's like, 'What's epic these days?' I think there's something in the core of the story that allows you to get the music much bigger and much more sort of, iconic," he ventured.
Very interesting... "something in the core of the story" that will allow for "bigger, iconic" sounds?!? Sounds good to me. Does this mean there will be more pieces in the orchestra?
"I'm not going to tell you!" Zimmer said. "You've got more out of me than anybody has so far," he said with a smile.
And with that, let the speculation continue!
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