Hans Zimmer Re-Teaming With Nolan To Score Inception

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 6:59 pm,

BusinessWire (via NolanFans and The Playlist) is reporting that prolific film composer, Hans Zimmer, has been tapped to score Christopher Nolan’s upcoming secretive thriller, Inception. Of course, this isn’t really a surprise considering Zimmer worked with Nolan on both his Batman movies, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.

Inception is Nolan’s new movie that could aptly be summed up as “mysterious.” With a few small character details aside, and a central story that focuses on blackmailing, the only real line of info we’ve had to go on is that it’s, “a contemporary sci-fi thriller set within the architecture of the mind.”

Even The Riddler would have trouble working that one out…

Although like I said, it’s no surprise that Zimmer is (apparently) scoring Inception since he scored Nolan’s Batman Begins and The Dark Knight (the latter along with James Newton Howard), The Playlist points out something interesting: Zimmer never scored any of Nolan’s smaller, more intimate films before he explored the world of Batman. Following, Memento, Insomnia and The Prestige (which was sandwiched in between Batman) were all composed by David Julyan, then Zimmer appeared on Nolan’s scene when he went big scale.

So does this give us a clue that Inception will be more akin to the bigger Batman movies than the smaller scale Memento or Insomnia? I think it’s extremely intriguing to think that a non-Batman movie, which presumably would be a lot smaller, could actually turn out to be a lot larger in scale than you might at first think. The size (not to mention the diversity) of the cast – which includes the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Michael Caine and Ken Watanabe – certainly suggests that Nolan has something ambitious in mind.

Zimmer is a extremely talented composer, and particularly his work on The Dark Knight just impressed me to no end (sharing a score credit with Howard – remember that whole Oscar disqualification fiasco?). The high noted, tension filled sounds that he brought to The Joker’s scenes, in particularly, really had my attention. In fact, it’s that sort of a score that comes to mind when the term “psychological thriller” gets mentioned.

Zimmer has composed over 100 films in his 25 years in the business which tells us he’s very in-demand. Apart from the Batman movies, he’s also scored the likes of Gladiator, Pearl Harbor, The Thin Red Line and The Lion King. As far as we know, Inception will add yet another film to that list.

What do you think about Hans Zimmer working with Chris Nolan again after their collaborations on the Batman movies? Any guesses as to what Inception is going to be?

Inception is currently filming and has a release date of July 16th, 2010.

Source: ThePlaylist, NolanFans and BusinessWire

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  1. Dude, there’s already been several confirmed reports that Nolan’s budget for Inception is well over $150 million.

  2. @Barrett,

    I came across that news at one place (The Calgary Sun I believe it was) but couldn’t find anywhere else reporting it as news (i.e. they based it off of The Calgary Sun report). So I decided not to mention until it’s being officially confirmed by numerous sources.

    If you have those several confirmations feel free to share them.

  3. The sound design in TDK was incredible. Zimmer’s score was in many ways even more minimal than David Julyan’s – one single ragged sustained note for the Joker – but Julyan’s are more like tonal washes. Nolan might be after the “space” in Zimmer’s sound, which would tie in with the “architecture of the mind” thing.