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Bwoooonnnng! Hans Zimmer Is Scoring Steve McQueen’s ‘Twelve Years a Slave’

Bwoooonnnng! Hans Zimmer Is Scoring Steve McQueen’s 'Twelve Years a Slave'

Or is it duuuuuunnnnn! Or braaaaaaawwnwnnnn!

All kidding aside, Christopher Nolan’s favorite composer (he scored the soundtracks for the Nolan-directed Inception, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and for the Nolan-produced upcoming Man Of Steel, amongst so many others) Hans Zimmer is composing the score for Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave – this according to The Film Music Reporter.

The German film composer and music producer has composed music for over 100 films, including The Lion KingCrimson Tide, The Thin Red Line, Gladiator, The Last Samurai, the aforementioned Dark Knight trilogy and InceptionThe Da Vinci Code, The Rock, the recent Sherlock Holmes movies, The Lone Ranger (upcoming), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and so much more.

Notice a trend? Lots of *epic*-style action/thriller movies there – certainly not quite Steve McQueen’s forte. So maybe we can expect an epic in Twelve Years a Slave, which is set to be released on December 27, 2013 by Fox Searchlight, in time for awards consideration, before expanding nationwide in 2014.

Although Zimmer’s resume is diverse with some dramas. He’s just scored a lot of what we could call *big* Hollywood studio movies (especially in the last decade or so), with dominating soundtracks, something I’ve never really considered Twelve Years a Slave to be.

So I’m intrigued by this news.


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Bwoooonnnng!… I am excited as well. Not about Hans Zimmer's inclusion (I'll get back to him) but Twelve Years A Slave is sure to be an epic adventure – I think. But first, I'd like to hear Sergio "black folks ain't ready for a serious slave film" Mims' prediction. Surely he has an opinion on whether or not this film will play to a mass audience? Will black folks embrace this movie? Will whites and blacks expect another Django? Who knows anything about Steve McQueen? Hell, until Sergio pulled my coat, I thought he was the actor from Papillon and Bullitt. I am serious, although I knew (I thought) the actor was dead, I was wondering why S&A was giving him so much pub. Anyway, it's a safe bet Twelve Years a Slave will not make Django money, but I wonder why? So maybe Sergio can fill in the gaps?

Yep , it's safe to say "12 Years" will generate loads of discussion, so I want Sergio to take a position, right here and right now. Yep, I am asking him to put his 60 plus years of film knowledge on the line.

In reference to Hans Zimmer, although I consider myself an avid film watcher (I watch over 300 movies a year) I can't say I've paid much attention to who scored a film. Don't get me wrong, I understand the importance, mood and tone the score brings to a film, but I've never paid attention to the composer (except Quincy Jones). So maybe I'll go back and see what Mr. Zimmer is bringing to the table.

Anthony E.

Hans Zimmer did not compose the Brahm track. That was included in the third theatrical trailer entitled "Mind Heist" composed by Zack Hemsey.

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