Hans Zimmer Talks ‘Dune,’ James Bond, ‘The Lion King’ & Pandemic Scoring
The leading composer, who’s taking part in an online chat this week in conjunction with his ASCAP Screen Award for “Lion King,” speaks with Variety about the startling array of films he has lined up.
Composer Hans Zimmer must be glad that ASCAP’s 2020 Screen Music Awards are virtual, because he’s so busy with upcoming films that he wouldn’t have time to pick up his Top Box Office award for last year’s “The Lion King” anyway.
He is, however, doing a live Q&A Thursday with Mitchell Leib, Disney’s president of music & soundtracks, to commemorate the ASCAP honor. (That live interview takes place at 3:25 p.m. PT /6:25 ET June 25 at www.ascapexperience.com/; virtually admission is free but registration is required.)
In an interview with the Oscar and Grammy winner to talk about why his “Lion King” experience is more relevant than ever, and how it happens that 2020 — despite the pandemic — is turning out to be his busiest year ever.