Though Horner died last month, aged 61, in a plane crash in California, his music lives on in not one, but two Antoine Fuqua films.
As revealed in a recent NPR interview for Fuqua’s “Southpaw,” which Horner scored, it turns out the late composer also wrote the score for Fuqua’s now-filming “Magnificent Seven” remake starring Chris Pratt, Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. And Fuqua said that Horner paid his “Southpaw” music crew out of his own pocket.
“He called me on a Saturday after he watched [Southpaw], and I said ‘I don’t have any money,’ because it wasn’t a big budget movie. And he said to me. “I love the movie. I love the father-daughter relationship. Don’t worry about the money, I’m just going to do it,” Fuqua told NPR.
“And he did it for nothing. He paid his crew out of his own pocket.And I just found out a few days ago — his team flew out here, to Baton Rouge” — where the Kurosawa remake is now filming — “and they brought me all the music for ‘The Magnificent Seven.’ He already wrote it for me based on the script. He did it all off the script because he wanted to surprise me. I thought it was a gift or something. And they all came out here and said, ‘Antoine, James wrote the music already and it’s just glorious.’ So that’s my memory of James.”
Fuqua dedicated “Southpaw,” opening Friday, to Horner. Hear the full interview here.