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My thoughts (and I throw another hat into the ring)
• Posted by: JnB   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Sunday, March 2, 2003, at 1:52 p.m.
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• In Response to: Zimmer and Horner...? I don't think so. (Felix Milbrecht)

As far as JW's action music is concerned, I think that the leading candidate to replace him is JNH. In my opinion, Howard is the only composer working today wro can write action music that even comes close to Williams'. He also has experience in children's films (Atlantis, Dinosaur, etc.) and has treated those score much like I feel Williams would have if he had had the opportunity. Listening to some of his works ("The Submarine" from Atlantis and "Jim Saves the Crew" from Treasure Planet in particular), I can say that some of them do sound as if JW might have written them.

However, I don't think there is a soul alive who can compare to JW's thematic work. He is, no question, the greatest writer of themes in the history of film music. No one will ever be able to capture the magic of John Williams.

I would like to throw in another name to the list of possible replacements: Klaus Badelt. In his limited work, he has shown already to exhibit much of the range that makes JW so amazing. His music has included: action, romance, spectacular visual accompianment, ethnic and ethereal (all of the above from The Time Machine,) ambient background, heavy synth drama (both from The Recruit,) and synth action (from K-19). All that he needs to do is some heavy melodrama, and some children's music and he's got most of JW's range under his belt! With Badelt, the sky's the limit right now.

> Well, I think it would be a little odd to replace John Williams with Hans
> Zimmer. Don't get me wrong, I love Hans Zimmer, but his style is totaly
> different from Williams and I don't really wanne imagine Indiana Jones 4
> with a synth score a la The Rock or Crimson Tide. I think a better choice
> would be Joel McNeely. Listen to his score for Return To Neverland and
> you'll know why. James Horner, although also a god, would be just as
> inappropriate (the Darth Vader theme replaced by the Danger motiv...???).
> Again, Joel McNeely would be a good choice and maybe even James Newton
> Howard. Then again, maybe all my concerns are needless anyhow, cause we
> all have seen how Howard Shore, against all odds, cranked out an
> outstanding fantasy masterpiece unlike anything he had done before. So
> maybe Zimmer and Horner would do the trick after all, I just don't think
> they are the most obvious choices.
> Spielberg - Hans Zimmer (he is

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