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No Vangelis for Blade Runner 2049 score

July 30th, 2017 by Marc Comments

Blade Runner is one of the greatest sci-fi movies ever made. One of the greatest movies ever made, in fact.

And one of my favourite movies.

It’s the perfect blend of stunning design, direction, story, performances and score.

Oh, God, that score by Vangelis.

That soundtrack got me through University – listening to it on repeat on those long nights (pretending to study) and one of the things I was most excited for was picking up the new soundtrack when Blade Runner 2049 got released, especially since his work has featured so prominently in the two recent trailers.

However, it seems that, sadly, that’s not to be.

But all is not lost. Two of my favourite scores of recent year is Hans Zimmer’s Man of Steel and Batman V Superman (and I know he collaborated with Junkie XL on the second one) and that’s why I’m glad to say that Zimmer will now be working in the world of Blade Runner.

With Vangelis now 75, director Denis Villeneuve turned to Zimmer, Benjamin Wallfisch and Johann Johannsson to score the movie.

Here’s what he had to say: “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.”

We’re not sure what to make of this – Blade Runner 2049m almost above all else – needs to sound like the first movie.

Personally, I think I’d have talked to Daft Punk.

What do you all think?

Source: Screencrush

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….