Hans Zimmer has created some amazing scores for movies like Gladiator, Face/Off, The Lion King, The Dark Knight Trilogy, the list is pretty much endless. He is someone who is sought after for your movie’s score.

It turns out that Zimmer turned down working with Christopher Nolan on Tenet to work on Dune. Apparently, Nolan’s reaction was:

“…not great.”

Instead, Tenet was scored by Ludwig Göransson, who won an Oscar for his score of Black Panther.

Zimmer and Nolan have worked together a lot in the past, on the movie The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, Interstellar and Dunkirk. Zimmer has also worked with Denis Villeneuve, creating the music for Blade Runner 2049.

In an interview with ReelBlend, Zimmer talked about Nolan’s reaction about not working in Tenet. The composer said the book of Dune, which he had read as a child, really inspired him to get into movie scoring. Zimmer has been doing less movie work and more live performances of late, including an appearance at Coachella in 2017.

Zimmer commented on Nolan’s reaction and his live work:

“Not great. … There’s another part to it as well, which people keep missing out on. I went out on tour, and I suddenly got really interested in this thing that I never thought I’d do. And here I was, sixty-odd years old going, ‘Whoa. This is fun. I like this!’ So Chris (Nolan) realized that, and he realized that that’s where my focus was at that moment.”

Zimmer is known for using electronic music integrated with a live orchestra. His music has covered a wide and varied style for over 150 movies, including the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick. It is also confirmed that he will work on Dune: Part 2 with Villeneuve again. This means Nolan will be working with Göransson again for his new movie, Oppenheimer, starring Cillian Murphy.


It doesn’t mean that Zimmer and Nolan won’t work together again at some point in the future. They have a good history between them, but it seems the schedules just didn’t coincide just at the moment.

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