One of the things that struck me as I was watching Ron Howard’s latest Dan Brown adaptation Inferno was how much I enjoyed the score. I remember a few moments of music that really stood out and quickly made a mental note that I needed to learn who wrote the score because it wasn’t at all what I expected. So as the credits rolled and I waited for a name, I’ll admit to being a bit surprised when I noticed it was Hans Zimmer. But that was my mistake. Zimmer has worked with Howard six times before, and he’s been responsible for so many cool and unusual scores over the past few decades that he’s a bit of a musical chameleon. To further that point, read over Adam’s editorial on 9 movies you forgot were scored by Hans Zimmer or check out the composer’s fantastic resume.
A few nights ago at the world premiere of Inferno in Florence, Italy, I managed to get a few minutes with the busy composer. We talked about his collaboration process with Ron Howard, his unusual score for Inferno, how he got involved in director Theodore Melfi’s Hidden Figures, what I need to do to convince him to come back to superhero movies (if you didn’t know he retired from them), and you can watch me fail when I try and get any information on Christopher Nolan’s World War II action-thriller Dunkirk, which he’s working on now. Check out the interview in the player above and look for more red carpet interviews soon.