The musical score genius of Hans Zimmer and his Hidden Figures collaborator Benjamin Wallfisch have come on board Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 to help compose the score with Johan Johannsson.
Johannsson, who has worked with Villeneuve for many years, is still on track to compose the sequel’s main theme, however according to the Blade Runner 2049 director the addition of Zimmer and Wallfisch is simply to help with the production of the score that could match that of the iconic tinklings of Vangelis’s score from the original back in 1982.
“Given the magnitude of the task, Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer joined the team to help Johann. It’s hard to [follow original ‘Blade Runner’ composer] Vangelis! We had some astonishing atmospheric [pieces] by Johann, but I needed other options, and Hans helped us.”
Villeneuve has previously spoken about the importance of Blade Runner’s original score and has stated he has taken considerable lengths to stay faithful to the original film’s visuals, With the score just as important as the visuals, Villeneuve want’s to get the sound just right too.
“It’s a very specific sound, and it’s very important that the music of [Blade Runner] 2049 be directly inspired by Vangelis’ work.”
Zimmer’s most recent score can be heard in Christopher Nolan’s thunderous epic summer blockbuster, Dunkirk, in which Zimmer has created a tremendously atmospheric, visceral and spine-tingling monumentous score that is just as important as Nolan’s Imax wonder.
Wallfisch has scored David Sandberg’s Lights out and Gore Verbinski’s A Cure for Wellness.
Blade Runner 2049 is due to hit cinemas October 6th.