Hans Zimmer Already Working on the Score for Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’

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Hans Zimmer Hans Zimmer Already Working on the Score for Christopher Nolans Interstellar

Christopher Nolan fans who prefer Inception to the Dark Knight trilogy or The Prestige are no doubt excited by the director’s decision to jump into the sci-fi genre with both feet for his next film. Interstellar is based on the theories of famed theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, and will explore the fertile storytelling depths of wormhole theory, time travel, and alternate dimensions.

Casting for the film is already quite far along, with Matthew McConaughey confirmed to play the male lead, Anne Hathaway in line to play the female lead, and Jessica Chastain and Michael Caine in other roles. There’s still a big question mark as to what kind of characters they”ll be playing, and given Nolan’s love of secrecy it’s safe to say that there will be many more question marks to come.

In an interview with Collider, composer Hans Zimmer has confirmed that not only is he working on the score for Interstellar, but he has actually already started writing the music for it. This is quite different from his approach to writing the score for this summer’s release of Superman origin story Man of Steel; for that project, Zimmer admitted to being so daunted by working in the shadow of John Williams that he procrastinated for months. Perhaps something in the script for Interstellar has given him inspiration.

Zimmer is widely considered to be one of the most talented composers working in Hollywood today, and has previously collaborated with Nolan on Inception and the Dark Knight trilogy. One long-time Nolan collaborator who won’t be returning to work with the director on Interstellar, however, is cinematographer Wally Pfister, who has been the director of photography on six out of the eight feature films that Nolan has released so far.

Toby Jones in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Hans Zimmer Already Working on the Score for Christopher Nolans Interstellar

Pfister is unable to work on Interstellar due to the fact that he is entirely focused on his own sci-fi film, which will also be his directorial debut, Transcendence. Pfister has an extremely capable replacement, however, in the form of Hoyte Van Hoytema, who has never been the director of photography on a Nolan film, but did work with the Dark Knight himself (Christian Bale) in David O. Russell’s drama The Fighter. Van Hoytema was nominated for a BAFTA after his beautiful work on John Le Carré adaptation Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and recently completed cinematography for Spike Jonze’s science fiction romance Her.

However strongly you might be invested in auteur theory, there’s no denying that a strong team of technical and artistic creatives is crucial to a director’s ability to produce the best film possible, and so far Interstellar already has some healthy vertebrae in its cinematic backbone.


Interstellar is currently scheduled for general release on November 7, 2014.

Source: Collider

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  1. Already really excited for this.

  2. Gonna miss wally phister but they have a formidable replacement

  3. Awesome, I was wondering what movie I was going to be excited for after man of steel. I think this is it.

  4. In an interview on NPR, Caine stated he’ll be playing a professor.

    I am very much looking forward to this…

  5. For Hans Zimmer it’s not that hard to start working on a score in a advance, considering that 90% of his score consist of nothing but repetitive: dam dam dam dam DAM dam dam dam DAM dam dam dam DAM dam dam dam DAM blaaaaaah…. BLAAAAAAAAAAh… dam dam dam DAM!;)

    • LOL

      and sadly, true.

      Zimmer is certainly capable of creating “atmosphere” for a film, but I would never call that “composing a soundtrack”. He just keeps resorting to the exact same tired clichés he rehashes, time and again.. then has the audacity in interviews to say that he is breaking new ground, doing things no one has done before (patently untrue to anyone who knows anything about music).

      • You must not look at the films he has composed.. there is 100 of them completely diffrent. Man of steel sound not like the dark knight and the inception score is genious since its the oprah kick song slowed down into extremely slow motion. He even did the 3rd madagascar, he does a lot of diffrent work

        • Yep…I’m not quite sure why the two above are complaining about Zimmer’s work. I think he composes beautiful, often bold pieces. From what I can tell, he’s done a magnificent job on “Man of Steel”. I have no doubt he’ll produce wonderful music for “Interstellar”.

          …but to each, his own.

      • True, some themes from Gladiator were rehashed in Pirates of the Caribbean (although that was actually Klaus Badelt’s fault), but his work is amazing. Just listen to his music, I could go on listening to it for hours. It has even given me some inspiration while writing my own songs.

        • Some themes from Thin Red Line were reused in Inception as well

          • But he is going to need a lot of luck to surpass his greatest song, IMO, “Time”

          • Some things directors do are rehashed from their previous films, so what. Everyone liked to go back to a comfort zone

        • Funny, that’s the same accusation that’s been leveled at John Williams for decades (rehashing the same ideas again and again) but people still love his work.

          I personally like Zimmer, Williams and Ramin Djawadi as composers.

          • I recognize the critics’ points about Zimmer and the rest of the Remote Control offspring, but I still enjoy the music more often than not. Almost all composers reuse ideas. If they didn’t they wouldn’t have a recognizable style. I find it difficult to listen to Mozart’s fourth horn concerto because it sounds so much like his third, which I heard first. Obviously how much repetition and self-borrowing is too much is a matter of taste and a subject of critical analysis. My own opinion is that Zimmer is usually on the correct side of too much.

      • Hans Zimmer composed The Lion King. Your argument is invalid.

  6. Have already pre ordered the Deluxe MOS soundtrack from Amazon.

    Already looking forward to hear Zimmer’s MOS 2 Soundtrack.

    Kneel, baby.


  7. Zbigniew Preisner is the greatest composer of all time

    Just a random thought

  8. Like the dark knight trilogy as well as the other films. Curious about this.

  9. talk about a busy Man

  10. the Inception soundtrack was awesome. His work on the Nolan Dark Knight trilogy rocked as well.. I lok forward to hearing his score whilst having my mind blown by Instellar on screen.

  11. Please, no more Inception horn, Mr. Zimmer!