Hans Zimmer will be scoring the upcoming Blade Runner 2049 along with composer Benjamin Wallfisch and previously announced composer Johann Johannsson.
In an interview with Studio Cine Live, director Denis Villeneuve clarified the inclusion of Zimmer and Wallfisch:
“Johann Johannsson of Iceland composes the main theme as planned. However, given the scale of the task, Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer joined the team to help Johann. It’s hard to get to Vangelis’ angle. We have Johann’s breathtaking atmospheric sounds, but I needed other things, and Hans helped us.”
Denis and Johann have collaborated previously on Prisoners, Sicario, and Arrival, so it seems like this is quite a shakeup for the duo. However, it appears that Hans will simply help out with the score and add his own distinctive taste to the music.
Personally, as much as I love Zimmer, I feel like he’s the wrong choice for the film, mostly due to his loud and bombastic nature. While Blade Runner is a blockbuster film, it’s much more somber and eerie, which allows for Johann’s subdued tone to shine through.
Blade Runner 2049 will show audiences things they won’t believe on October 6, 2017. Its cast includes Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Hiam Abbass, Barkhad Abdi, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista, David Dastmalchian, Mackenzie Davis, Sylvia Hoeks, Lennie James, Carla Juri, Jared Leto, Edward James Olmos, and Robin Wright.
Source: Studio Cine Live