Cary Joji Fukunaga Hopes Hans Zimmer Can ‘add Genius’ To His James Bond Movie

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January 14, 2020 | 11:10am EST

Director Cary Joji Fukunaga is hoping Hans Zimmer can add a “touch of genius” to his upcoming James Bond movie, after bringing him in to compose the score at the last minute.
Reports claimed the legendary musician was replacing Dan Romer creating the score for the movie, No Time to Die, due to creative differences with producers at Eon Productions.
Now, Fukunaga has confirmed the news in a statement posted on the official James Bond Twitter account, expressing his hope Zimmer’s new score would improve the film before its release in April (20).
“I’m beyond excited that Hans is scoring #NoTimeToDie,” he said. “The music of Bond has always been iconic and I’ve already witnessed Hans adding his touch of genius to the Bond legacy.”
Editors at Variety reported that the composer, who has penned scores for Gladiator, The Lion King, Inception, and Dunkirk, may bring in favored collaborators Benjamin Wallfisch or Lorne Balfe to help him rescue the score due to the short timescale and his heavy workload.
Zimmer is already scoring three more films approaching release; the superhero sequel Wonder Woman 1984, Top Gun: Maverick, and Denis Villeneuve’s Dune remake. He is also touring Europe in spring 2021.
Teenage pop sensation Billie Eilish is rumored to be in line to sing the theme tune to the new movie, with reputable Bond blog MI6-HQ first reporting the claim that the Bad Guy hitmaker will bag the job.