Jóhann Jóhannsson no longer scoring ‘Blade Runner 2049’
According to a report in an Icelandic newspaper, the Blade Runner 2049 sequel is no longer being scored by Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. Composers Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch, who were both brought on to assist Jóhannsson on the film, are set to complete the music for Ridley Scott’s long-awaited sequel.
Reports began to surface in July that Jóhannsson’s role had been downsized, where Zimmer and Wallfisch had then reportedly picked up the musical duties. Now, it seems that all of Jóhannsson’s duties have been removed. Although, according to Pitchfork, Jóhannsson’s representatives stated, “Unfortunately, due to a legal non-disclosure agreement Jóhann signed, we’re not able to speak about this film at all.”
The original Blade Runner score, by Vangelis, fused electronic music and the film’s noirish sci-fi visuals creating, in turn, one of modern cinema’s most iconic numbers. The film’s replacement, Zimmer, has scored The Lion King, Inception, The Da Vinci Code, The Dark Knight, alongside many other Hollywood-classics.
Blade Runner 2049 is in theaters Oct. 6. Watch the trailer below.