Hans Zimmer is no stranger to a Christopher Nolan film. Zimmer has worked on the scores for Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and most recently, Inception. Zimmer will be back to write the music for The Dark Knight Rises, and has already begun preparing. Here are some excerpts from an interview with BBC News:
“Chris and I do work really well together,” Zimmer told BBC News in a recent interview. “He is my guardian angel when it comes to my music. He protects it tremendously and makes sure it gets heard.”
“When you start the next project you have to forget everything you did before, otherwise Dark Knight will start to sound like Kung Fu Panda,” he added. “I just throw myself into one thing and become a monk. I sit in my room and get grumpy and don’t answer the phone. It’s the only way I know how to do it.”
Zimmer also talked about some of his influences for The Dark Knight Rises’ score:
“I’ve been listening to a lot of Verdi lately. And Alison Goldfrapp, and a lot of electronica as I’m heading into ‘Dark Knight’ territory again. I’ve been in the studio trying out ideas. I’m embarrassingly far advanced. I sent Chris some stuff the other day and he thought it was really unusual that I wasn’t holding the whole thing up.”
“Of course I’ll try to make it different, but I’m not going to abandon the musical language of the previous film. It’s a matter of knocking down some walls and making it broader, wider and more epic.”
It’s still unclear if James Newton Howard, who also worked on Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, will be teaming up with Zimmer to work on the score for The Dark Knight Rises.