Hans Zimmer ‘devastated’ by Ennio Morricone’s death

Hans Zimmer has been left “devastated” by the death of fellow film composer Ennio Morricone. The acclaimed Italian musician passed away at the age of 91 on Monday in a hospital in Rome days after he suffered a fall and broke his leg. He scored more th…

Hans Zimmer has been left “devastated” by the death of fellow film composer Ennio Morricone.

The acclaimed Italian musician passed away at the age of 91 on Monday in a hospital in Rome days after he suffered a fall and broke his leg. He scored more than 500 movies throughout his career, including The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West, The Mission, and Cinema Paradiso, and won an Oscar for Quentin Tarantino’s 2015 film The Hateful Eight.

Zimmer, who is known for his work on films such as The Lion King, Inception, and Gladiator, gave an interview to BBC Breakfast about Morricone’s death on Monday and admitted he was shocked by the news.

“I’m devastated obviously by this because Ennio was an icon and icons just don’t go away, icons are there forever,” he gushed. “It really has taken me by surprise because he was still touring. I saw him about a year ago and he seemed strong, he was conducting at the O2 (Arena in London)… He was one of a kind. He never stopped speaking Italian. He never bothered to learn English. I was a huge fan of his.”

The German musician went on praise Morricone for inspiring him to pursue a career in composing movie scores.

“He was a major influence on me – the first movie I ever saw was Once Upon a Time in the West and I heard that music and I saw those images and I went ‘That’s what I want to do,'” he shared. “One of the things which was vitally important for him was that the music would always have quality. Sometimes he would work – we all have done this – on not such great movies but his music was always outstanding and done with great emotional fortitude and great intellectual thought.”

Other stars have paid tribute to Morricone on social media, such as Baby Driver director Edgar Wright, who shared a bunch of his scores on Twitter alongside the caption: “Where to even begin with iconic composer Ennio Morricone? He could make an average movie into a must see, a good movie into art, and a great movie into legend. He hasn’t been off my stereo my entire life. What a legacy of work he leaves behind. RIP.”

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Cary Joji Fukunaga thrilled with Billie Eilish’s James Bond theme

No Time to Die director Cary Joji Fukunaga has raved over Billie Eilish’s new 007 theme song.The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter released the moody track, also titled No Time to Die, on Thursday night, becoming the youngest-ever artist to record…

No Time to Die director Cary Joji Fukunaga has raved over Billie Eilish’s new 007 theme song.

The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter released the moody track, also titled No Time to Die, on Thursday night, becoming the youngest-ever artist to record a theme tune for a James Bond movie.

An audio clip has already racked up over 3.5 million views on Billie’s YouTube channel, and accordingly, Fukunaga is very impressed with what the 18-year-old and her producer brother Finneas came up with for his blockbuster.

“There are a chosen few who record a Bond theme. I am a huge fan of Billie and Finneas,” he praised. “Their creative integrity and talent are second to none and I cannot wait for audiences to hear what they’ve brought – a fresh new perspective whose vocals will echo for generations to come.”

Billie will debut the track live at the BRIT Awards, accompanied by Finneas, composer Hans Zimmer and the Smiths star Johnny Marr, in London next week. And the Bad Guy hitmaker still can’t believe she has recorded a Bond theme.

“It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way. To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honour. James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I’m still in shock,” she shared, while her sibling added: “Writing the theme song for a Bond film is something we’ve been dreaming about doing our entire lives. There is no more iconic pairing of music and cinema than the likes of Goldfinger and Live and Let Die. We feel so, so lucky to play a small role in such a legendary franchise, long live 007.”

The brother and sister duo join the likes of Shirley Bassey, Sam Smith, and Adele in recording Bond themes.

No Time to Die, which stars Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, and Jeffrey Wright, will hit cinemas from 2 April.

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Hans Zimmer confirmed as new composer for No Time to Die

Hans Zimmer has been confirmed as the new composer for James Bond movie No Time to Die following the departure of Dan Romer.It was reported last week that the Oscar-winning German composer had been drafted in to score the movie after Romer departed the…

Hans Zimmer has been confirmed as the new composer for James Bond movie No Time to Die following the departure of Dan Romer.

It was reported last week that the Oscar-winning German composer had been drafted in to score the movie after Romer departed the project due to creative differences, and the news was confirmed by the official James Bond Twitter account on Monday night.

“CONFIRMED: @HansZimmer will compose the score for #NoTimeToDie,” the message read. “Director Cary Joji Fukunaga said: ‘I’m beyond excited that Hans is scoring #NoTimeToDie. The music of Bond has always been iconic and I’ve already witnessed Hans adding his touch of genius to the Bond legacy.'”

Zimmer, who has composed scores for the likes of Gladiator, The Dark Knight, Inception, and Dunkirk, also confirmed the news by sharing a picture of the No Time to Die logo on his Twitter page.

The 62-year-old, who won the Best Original Score Oscar for 1994’s The Lion King, now has less three months to create the score for the film, which hits cinemas on 2 April and marks Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as the British spy.

Editors at Variety reported last week that Zimmer may bring in favoured collaborators Benjamin Wallfisch or Lorne Balfe to help him rescue the score due to the short timescale and his heavy workload, as he is scoring four more films due for release in 2020 – Wonder Woman 1984, Top Gun: Maverick, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, and Denis Villeneuve’s Dune remake.

Romer, who had previously worked with Fukunaga on 2015 movie Beasts of No Nation and 2018 Netflix miniseries Maniac, had been announced as the composer back in July. He has not yet commented on his departure.

It is the latest setback for the troubled production, which was delayed after director Danny Boyle left due to creative differences and was replaced by Fukunaga.

It has not yet been revealed who will perform the film’s theme song, although Dua Lipa is a hot favourite.

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Elton John unveils new song for The Lion King soundtrack

Elton John has written a new song for the soundtrack of Disney’s The Lion King remake.The tune, titled Never Too Late, was penned by the British rocker and Grammy Award-winning lyricist Tim Rice, who previously created the musical numbers for the 1994 …

Elton John has written a new song for the soundtrack of Disney’s The Lion King remake.

The tune, titled Never Too Late, was penned by the British rocker and Grammy Award-winning lyricist Tim Rice, who previously created the musical numbers for the 1994 original together. Described as an “uplifting” song, Never Too Late has been performed by John with backing vocals from an African choir and is set to appear during the film’s end credits.

The soundtrack also features new versions of memorable songs from the animated film, such as a I Just Can’t Wait to Be King, Circle of Life, and Can You Feel the Love Tonight, which have been given a new lease of life from performers like Beyonce, Donald Glover, Brown Lindiwe Mkhize, Lebo M. and John Oliver.

“Just hearing that music strikes you deeply,” director Jon Favreau said in a statement. “Even if you don’t know the film or stage show, there is a spiritual strength in it. But if you know the film, and if you grew up with this music – now it can suddenly and immediately evoke the story itself, as well as all the connected memories and emotions that you have from your own past experience with The Lion King, or from the time of your life that you were in, or your childhood, or the life events it’s connected to.”

A veil of secrecy still hangs over the 14th track on the album, with many fans speculating this is the song Beyonce, who voices Nala in the film, has reportedly written for the movie.

Favreau recently revealed Beyonce “performed and wrote” the new song “in the spirit of the production” and teamed up with composer Hans Zimmer to “bring this new piece of music into a film where there’s already a very established musical personality to the piece”.

The digital soundtrack is to be released on 11 July, while the physical album is set to hit shelves on 19 July, the same day The Lion King opens in U.S. cinemas.

And should Never Too Late be a hit, it’s possible John will have two songs nominated in the Best Original Song category at the Oscars, as he and his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin also created (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again for the soundtrack of his biographical movie Rocketman.

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Elton John unveils new song for The Lion King soundtrack

Elton John has written a new song for the soundtrack of Disney’s The Lion King remake.The tune, titled Never Too Late, was penned by the British rocker and Grammy Award-winning lyricist Tim Rice, who previously created the musical numbers for the 1994 …

Elton John has written a new song for the soundtrack of Disney’s The Lion King remake.

The tune, titled Never Too Late, was penned by the British rocker and Grammy Award-winning lyricist Tim Rice, who previously created the musical numbers for the 1994 original together. Described as an “uplifting” song, Never Too Late has been performed by John with backing vocals from an African choir and is set to appear during the film’s end credits.

The soundtrack also features new versions of memorable songs from the animated film, such as a I Just Can’t Wait to Be King, Circle of Life, and Can You Feel the Love Tonight, which have been given a new lease of life from performers like Beyonce, Donald Glover, Brown Lindiwe Mkhize, Lebo M. and John Oliver.

“Just hearing that music strikes you deeply,” director Jon Favreau said in a statement. “Even if you don’t know the film or stage show, there is a spiritual strength in it. But if you know the film, and if you grew up with this music – now it can suddenly and immediately evoke the story itself, as well as all the connected memories and emotions that you have from your own past experience with The Lion King, or from the time of your life that you were in, or your childhood, or the life events it’s connected to.”

A veil of secrecy still hangs over the 14th track on the album, with many fans speculating this is the song Beyonce, who voices Nala in the film, has reportedly written for the movie.

Favreau recently revealed Beyonce “performed and wrote” the new song “in the spirit of the production” and teamed up with composer Hans Zimmer to “bring this new piece of music into a film where there’s already a very established musical personality to the piece”.

The digital soundtrack is to be released on 11 July, while the physical album is set to hit shelves on 19 July, the same day The Lion King opens in U.S. cinemas.

And should Never Too Late be a hit, it’s possible John will have two songs nominated in the Best Original Song category at the Oscars, as he and his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin also created (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again for the soundtrack of his biographical movie Rocketman.

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