Exclusive: Hans Zimmer is Scoring Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR; Reveals He’s Already Started Writing the Music!

     June 1, 2013


I think we can all agree Hans Zimmer is one of the best composers in Hollywood.  If you look over his incredible thirty-year resume on IMDb, you’ll see a wide variety of amazing work across every genre.  However, while he’s done fantastic work over his entire career, many people have become fans because of his collaboration with Christopher Nolan on films like Inception, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises.  With Nolan hard at work on his next film, Interstellar, many have wondered if Zimmer would be involved in the project.  I’m happy to reveal the answer is yes.

Yesterday, I landed an extended video interview with Zimmer for Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel and towards the end of the interview, I asked if he’d be working on Interstellar.  He revealed he is indeed going to score the film and he’s already started writing some of the music!  Hit the jump for more.

hans-zimmer-interstellarWhen I asked if he’d be involved in the project, Zimmer told me:

“I wrote something…and I’m writing that.  So, yes, we have started.”

While I expected him to be doing the music, I definitely didn’t think he would have started writing it yet, especially since the film doesn’t get released until November of 2014.

With Zimmer and Nolan having done some amazing work together over the past decade, I truly cannot wait to hear and see their next collaboration next year.  Here’s what Zimmer told me about Interstellar.  Look for the full interview very soon.  For more on the film, it’s below the video.

Here’s what we’ve previously posted on Interstellar:

Interstellar is a sci-fi story conceived by Jonathan Nolan and rewritten by Christopher Nolan.  Based on the scientific theory of Caltech physicist and relativity expert Kip S. Thorne, Interstellar features “a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding.”  Caine joins Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and a very-recently courted Jessica Chastain in the picture.

Though we don’t know a lot by way of plot, we do know some technical behind-the-scenes info on Interstellar.  At CinemaCon, Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Entertainment, revealed Nolan will shoot a significant portion of Interstellar with IMAX cameras.  With The Dark Knight banking 28 minutes of IMAX footage and The Dark Knight Rises coming in with 78, we’re hoping we can get at least 90 minutes out of Interstellar.  Speaking of The Dark Knight trilogy, Nolan’s long-time cinematographer Wally Pfister won’t be working on Interstellar.  Rather, that job will go to Hoyte Van Hoytema (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).

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    • Thats wrong dude

      Dude, you may steal our cars, but you dont steal our stars! Hans Zimmer is german!

      (dont be offended by my stereotypical comment, – couldnt resist here ;)

      • peteagassi

        Hans Zimmer is about as German as a sausage pizza! Hans Zimmer lives in America, which makes him American now. And he also spent most of his time in London, which has nothing to do with Germany.

      • Thats wrong dude

        You never lose your roots, not that someone who lives in a country with an history of of less than 300 years could understand that.

      • Team America

        If what you wrote was true, everyone in America would constantly be at war with everyone else. Maybe a person’s roots never truly go away, but the edges get filed off, and if a person chooses to, they can completely reinvent them self here. Getting hung up on where people come from causes misery and suffering.

      • Jason Herr König

        But Hans is German by birth so your reasoning is stupid!

  • GuyX

    Sorry but we don’t all agree Hans “Ghost Writer” Zimmer is one of the best in Hollywood. His company Remote Control(or whatever name it goes by now) has composers on hand to ghost write some of Zimmer’s work(it works both ways Zimmer also ghost writes for other composers he employs like Steve Jablonsky). Zimmer is also one of the worst offenders of self plagiarism by reusing his or his ghost writers previous work on other movies. The first, and most famous, example that comes to mind is that the Gladiator theme and the Pirates of the Caribbean theme sound identical. James Horner is another example of a composer reusing themes again and again. i understand Zimmers appeal and there are some really great compositions credited to him that are truly fantastic pieces but his career as a whole? Knowing the ghost writing that goes on compared to Howard Shore or John Williams(who compose every note themselves) I can’t say Hans Zimmer belongs with the all time greats. I should note that many composers quote their own work from time to time(outside of sequels of course) but quoting is very different from overt recycling of major themes.

    • prathap

      oh do shut up already!

    • Lou Teddyb Peralta

      Listening to both the Gladiator Theme and the Pirates Theme, they have similar sound but they are not identical. Gladiator is a slower piece with similar high notes to that of the Pirates theme while following the same key. Nothing identical in them minus certain notes. If you want to go by that, then all of his music is identical because they all would use the same notes.

    • justkiddingnobutseriously

      His ability to create music that goes perfectly with what’s going on on-screen is shared by few others (Giacchino, Desplat do this as well).

      There’s already so much music out there, Zimmer can still make a unique sounding soundtrack. Nobody really cares how he’s doing it and his proteges are already impressive as hell (Jablonsky, Djawadi, Balfe, et al), why do you think they work for him?

      In many cases, his music enhances the movie even which is why a smart guy like Nolan wants his music all the time.

    • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

      I absolutely love James Horner, but he’s horrible about self-plagirism. I’ll eve like the score in both films, but it’s so blatant.

    • peteagassi

      Zimmer doesn’t do ghost writing work when it comes to Nolan movie scores. He actually has fun doing Nolan movies. Because Nolan is probably the only director that gives Hans total freedom.

      • GuyX

        You have no idea what you’re talking about. The Batman scores were heavily ghost written and Inception is the only credited solo job Hans has done. All other Nolan films were scored by David Julyan

    • Drake

      Sure Zimmer doesn’t write al the underscore for evety movie he does. But the onl time Ive ever heard a score of his that didnt fit the movie like a glove was Pirate 4.

  • Alex Hajna

    Of course he’s already started. He probably read the script and came up with ideas. That’s how he works, and I love that. He’s always ahead of the game, which is why he comes up with the best scores.

    Hans Zimmer is this generation’s John Williams. Two very different styles, yes, but they both have a way of complementing the film in the most perfect way, capturing the tone of the film and its world in the music. Even Zimmer’s score for The Holiday was magnificent. He can do no wrong, in my opinion. And I think the Nolan/Zimmer team is gonna be a lot like the Spielberg/Williams team. Pretty soon, you won’t be able to have one without the other.

    • justkiddingnobutseriously

      lol The Holiday

      • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

        My wife used to watch that film all the time, and literally the thing which stuck out to me was the music during the menu (which is in the film). It really does stick out.

      • justkiddingnobutseriously

        I know, he can do that.

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  • Bloost

    Why does Nolan have to reuse his team? Why not get Danny Elfman, Johnny Greenwood, of Clint Mansell, all of which can great moving scores appropriate for this movie, not BWAM!

    • jasonca

      Zack Hemsey scored Mind Heist

      • Bloost

        You can still here it in the soundtrack.

      • jasonca

        Do you feel clever making ‘BWAM’ jokes? I mean- It’s only been a cliche of the ‘I want to be clever’ internet folks, since about, 2010.

      • Bloost

        It’s not me being clever. It’s me pointing out creative bankruptcy.

      • jasonca

        uhm, the ‘BWAM’ jokes started because of the Inception trailer and everything from ‘The Girl to the Dragon Tattoo’ to ‘Prometheus’ using it, in there trailers- Which btw Hans didn’t score.

        Pleas tell, all the un original tracks Hans used the ‘BWAM’ trumpet in?e

      • Bloost

        The Dark Knight Rises used a lot of it. Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which Zimmer supervised, used a lot of it.

        And it’s isn’t just the BWAM. He is known for bombastic scores without subtlety to them. And he keeps on recycling scores. Time is very similar to a track on A Thin Red Line. He is inferior to Elfman, Greenwood, and Mansell.

      • jasonca

        Don’t you find it ironic, that you’re accusing Hans Zimmer of not being original, while at the same time making a cliche ‘BWAM’ joke that about…I dunno…a Million people on twitter, Facebook, and internet posts have made?

      • Bloost

        Who said I was joking? I was just giving a legitamite criticism on his scores. I didn’t use BWAM as a joke.

      • jasonca

        You used a stupid cliche. A dubious one at that!

      • Bloost

        And how is that a joke? What is the more appropriate term for BWAM? Loud noises?

      • jasonca

        maybe, like composing, you don’t know what your talking about. “To achieve their end, jokes may employ irony, sarcasm, word play and other devices”

        You tried to make a joke, even if you’re to stupid to understand what you were doing.

      • justkiddingnobutseriously

        Hans by no means overused that at all. Misplaced blame.

        Have you not considered that Zimmer is extremely productive and owns a ridiculously expansive discography? It’s actually pretty amazing Time and Thin Red Line sound different and yet they’re structurally similar. You’d have to be creative to do that.

        The most important thing is it sounds beautiful, gets you in the feels, and entertains. To harp on a BWAM is to literally nitpick.

        How many composers have studied under him and were inspired by him?

        I dont love all of his work, but he has a stellar track record and cannot recall a time he produced a wtf score.

      • Bloost

        How about his awful work on How Do You Know?

      • justkiddingnobutseriously

        Ok. Im not going to pretend I know that movie or score at all.

        I just don’t think it’s fair to define him by concentrating on his flaws, especially if he doesn’t repeat them.

      • Bloost

        But my main problem is that his style doesn’t fit this movie at all. It’s supposed to be about exploration and the human mind. It needs a subtle, quiet, and beautiful score. I admit that Hans is only good at scores that makes your heart beat, but that’s not required for this. Listen to Mansell’s score for Moon. That’s what we all want.

      • justkiddingnobutseriously

        Firstly, I love Mansell and Moon is one of my most favorite scores!! It was actually his Lux Aeterna that got me into scores in the first place.

        Have you listened to the 90 sec previews of the score? I think it’s exactly what you describe, Im sure they’ve saved the best parts for when it becomes available for purchase.

        Also, Im not sure if you can fairly say “That’s what we all want.”

    • Hop

      Clint Mansell in a Nolan sci-fi? Now I would SO watch that! I do agree that Nolan needs to branch out more. If anyone, he should be reusing Guy Pearce. Has the man forgotten his roots in small budget, mind-twisting thrillers?

      I would much rather watch a film with the tone of Memento or Following, or even Insomnia, then another big-budget film. The Batmans are awesome, and I love Inception, but Memento leaves them all in the dust.

      It’s definitely one of the best psychological/thrillers/suspense/neo noirs ever!

      • Bloost

        Better yet, you want him to broaden his range? How about he do a black comedy in the vein of Dr. Strangelove? He’d be perfect for that. I love that bit in Memento where he thinks he’s chasing that guy but it turned out that guy is chasing him.

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  • peter

    cant wait for the BOOMs and the BAAAAMs

  • peteagassi

    Why does Collider and MTV Movies Blog and all these other sites always post 3 second video interviews — just snips and bits and scraps here and there?! Can you just upload the entire damn interview?! Jesus, I swear these brainless morons are catering more and more to the ADD generation!

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  • Mike Jakermen

    There is a Different between most used composer vs best composer. Frankly Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach. Would wipe there ass with Zimmer Scores. Let Alone John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Bill Conti and Danny Elfman.