Hans Zimmer has been Christopher Nolan’s go-to composer for years. They started working together in 2005, on Batman Begins. The pair clearly vibed with each other well, as since then Zimmer has composed the music for every single Nolan movie apart from The Prestige — The Dark Knight, Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar, and Dunkirk. Zimmer always produces great work, but the composer always seemed especially tuned in when it came to Nolan projects, producing one exceptional album after another. So, when Hans Zimmer turned down working with Nolan on Tenet because he couldn’t resist the opportunity to work on Dune, you know he’s invested in the property.
In a recent interview with Variety, we learned just how passionate Hans Zimmer is about the Denis Villeneuve project — so passionate that he’s starting to drive people up the wall. The veteran composer said:
Right now I’m in the middle of making these sounds. I just have these ideas, and it’s like this every day. I’m doing all these experiments, and I have no idea if any of them will ever really end up in the movie. But we are so dedicated, trying to do something different, to do solid and honorable work, and do justice to the book… And some of them will probably be complete and utter disasters. But I’m having a go. Absolutely full on.
I’m being obnoxious and telling people I need more time. The usual… I’m driving everybody crazy on Dune because I’m so full of ideas. And it’s Denis, you know? He lets me be part of this world. It’s totally and utterly inspiring, and it’s great people I get to work with – scrap the word “work,” it’s great people I get to play with.
Dune is tops my most anticipated movies of the year list and Hans Zimmer is probably my favourite composer, so reading how excited certainly puts a smile on my face.
Dune is directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) and stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgard, Dave Bautista, Zendaya.