Surely you know who Hans Zimmer is. He is the man behind the music and emotion of some of our favorite films. Whether you remember being curled up on the couch fist bumping while Christian Bale embodied the “hero we deserve,” drinking your favorite rum while Captain Jack Sparrow docked his slowly sinking ship or crying profusely while Scar murdered Mufusa, you know Zimmer.
The composer has created everything from the celebratory and carefree score of True Romance to the LOUD mood-affecting madness of films like Inception and Interstellar (he seems to work with Christopher Nolan a lot). Gladiator, The Da Vinci Code, Black Hawk Down, Kung Fu-fricking-Panda— so many films. The man composes the crap out of Hollywood. Even his last name—Zimmer—sounds like an instrument of some kind. And he’s not slowing down.
It has just been announced that Zimmer will compose the score for the new Dune adaptation, based on Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel of the same name.
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Dune follows Paul Atreides as he embarks on what can only be described as an epic journey. The book killed it in 1965, winning numerous awards and capturing the hearts and souls of space nerds eating Apple Jacks cereal everywhere. Dune’s director, Denis Villeneuve, has recently collaborated with Zimmer for Blade Runner 2049. The screenplay has been written by Villeneuve, Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) and Eric Roth (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and has an official synopsis that reads as follows:
A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.
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Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros. have convinced an alarming amount of top tier talent to assemble under the narrative of Herbert’s story. Timothée Chalamet will play Paul, Oscar Issac will play Duke Leto Atreides, Zendaya (swoon) will play Chani, Dave Bautista, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Rebecca Ferguson and Stellan Skarsgård (of course)—they’re all there. Zimmer’s tunes will rock our worlds and undoubtedly propel all their performances to intergalactic heights (PUN). The adaption is rumored to be conceived as a multi-film production and with Villeneuve doing some Arrival level melancholy, it is sure to be a powerful pair of films.
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Dune is set to be released in theaters on November 20th, 2020, and Hans Zimmer’s music can be heard in the background of every movie ever…
That’s an exaggeration, not every movie… but most of them.
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