“The Lion King”, composer Hans Zimmer will be with BBC Doc

The life and work of Hans Zimmer, the Oscar-winning composer of The Lion King and Dune: Part One, is celebrated in the BBC Two documentary Hans Zimmer – Hollywood Rebel.

The 60-minute film looks back on Zimmer’s 40-year journey from post-war Germany to Hollywood royalty. It will seek to unveil Zimmer’s musical mysteries over the course of a career, writing scores for the films Rain Man, Pirates of the Caribbean, Gladiator, No Time To Die, The Dark Knight and Batman Begins includes ‘ and ‘The Thin Red Line’, as well as the music he created for BBC Studios Natural History films including ‘Planet Earth II’, ‘Blue Planet II’ and ‘Frozen Planet II’.

The film also includes interviews with Ron Howard, Denis Villeneuve, Christopher Nolan, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Barry Levinson, James L. Brooks, Gore Verbinski, Steve McQueen, Stephen Frears and Tim Bevan.

Zimmer said: “I’m honored to share this insight into my career and life with the BBC audience. I hope that this documentary inspires and encourages you to pursue your passions without compromise and to find a deeper understanding of my scores and especially the music.”

Sreya Biswas, Head of Natural History, BBC Commissioning, said: “Hans Zimmer has been an integral part of the production of Natural History for many years and has composed for some of our greatest landmarks, most recently ‘Frozen Planet II’. We are thrilled to be able to tell his own incredible life story and musical journey in this film.”

The documentary’s director, Francis Hanly, added: “The sheer number of outstanding films Hans Zimmer has made in the last 40 years is incredible. Sitting in his studio at the keyboard and filming him as he gave us an intimate and exclusive demonstration of the techniques and sounds he created and the ideas behind some of his most famous scores was a dream job.”

Hans Zimmer – Hollywood Rebel is a BBC Studios Production, executive produced by Jo Shinner of the BBC Studio Natural History Unit. It will be broadcast on BBC Two on October 16.

https://variety.com/2022/artisans/global/the-lion-king-dune-hans-zimmer-bbc-documentary-1235392513/ “The Lion King”, composer Hans Zimmer will be with BBC Doc

Charles Jones

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