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BRAAAM? Hans Zimmer Scoring Steve McQueen’s ‘Twelve Years A Slave’

BRAAAM? Hans Zimmer Scoring Steve McQueen's 'Twelve Years A Slave'

An an eight time Oscar nominee — winning for “The Lion King” in 1995 — recent years have seen Hans Zimmer mostly in blockbuster mode. For Christopher Nolan, he’s tuned up “Inception,” “The Dark Knight” trilogy and the forthcoming “Man Of Steel,” and he’s given Captain Jack Sparrow some bounce in three of the four “Pirates Of The Caribbean” movies. This year alone he’s already delivered music for the hit mini-series “The Bible,” with work on “Rush” and “The Lone Ranger” around the corner. But a slavery drama? We didn’t see this coming.

Indeed, Zimmer will be scoring Steve McQueen‘s “Twelve Years A Slave,” adding another intriguing ingredient to what is already a very anticipated film. The talent is as great as it is extensive: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Scoot McNairy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Garret Dillahunt, Ruth Negga, Taran Killam, Adepero OduyeAlfre Woodard, Quvenzhané WallisDwight HenryMichael K. Williams and Brad Pitt all feature in the true story of Solomon Northup (Ejiofor), a free black man who is tricked back into slavery, faces grueling life under several owners and has to go to court to reclaim his status.

We’re curious to see what Zimmer will do with his BRAAAM-tacular bag of tricks at bay, so yeah, another reason to look forward to this one. “Twelve Years A Slave” opens on December 27th. [Film Music Reporter]

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Alan B

Whenever a critic mentions 'BRAAAHM?' in respect to Zimmer, I am reminded of that 'Seinfeld' episode where Jerry gets a pocket organizer for his father. Morty sees it simply as a tip calculator, and Jerry screams at the end "IT DOES OTHER THINGS". This is a guy that composed 'Rain Man', 'The Lion King', 'Crimson Tide', 'The Thin Red Line' 'Gladiator', but – sure – 'BRAAAHM'.


At least with these smaller films it might actually be Zimmer doing the work rather than him having his team do it for him.

Fishnet Hosiery

I know that Zimmer has a vast factory of composers at his disposal, and I think he often uses 2 or 3 others on his big blockbuster scores with him acting as the figurehead. Often you'll see them buried away in the "additional music by" credits. Think of Pirates, which for the first film was credited to Klaus Badelt, and then for the sequels it was Hans Zimmer despite the central themes remaining the same. It's an interesting approach. I think every now and again he feels the need to experiment and will take on a smaller film by himself.

I'd love to read a feature about the Zimmer factory and how it operates.


Well, Zimmer does his best work for non-blockbustery films, either dramas like 'Thin Red Line' or comedies. Not his most famous, granted, but his best for sure.

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