Last month composer James Horner tragically died in a plane crash . Having composed scores for over a hundred motion pictures, it seemed like the scores for the upcoming SOUTHPAW , and “The 33 ” would be all she wrote so to say for the late great Horner.
But there’s some great news today regarding what appears to be Horner’s very last score as director Antoine Fuqua told NPR (via Movies.com) that, in addition to scoring his latest, Southpaw, Horner secretly composed a score for Fuqua’s upcoming remake of The Magnificent Seven .
“I just found out a few days ago,” Fuqua says, “Horner’s team flew out here, to Baton Rouge, and they brought me all the music for ‘The Magnificent Seven’. He already wrote it for me based on the script. He did it all off the script because he wanted to surprise me. I thought it was a gift or something. And they all came out here and said, ‘Antoine, James wrote the music for ‘Magnificent Seven’ already and it’s just glorious.’”
Now that is some kickass news indeed. Albeit it doesn’t make Horners tragic death any less of a blow to the gut. Personally Ive been listening to his music a lot lately. It started just two days after he died. I was going through his LONG list of scores, and I started listening to the score he made for 1982s Star Trek The Wrath of Khan on YOUTUBE . Now what happened was ,I was gonna listen to the score from ALIENS next, so at around the 3 min 20 seconds mark of the Star Trek score I opened the ALIENS score in another tab. Well you can guess what happened . That damn ALIENS score automatically kicked in. Now usually I would be quick to turn one track off, but the damnedest thing was , these two scores seemed like they were made to be together. Maybe Im full of shit here, but I downloaded both tracks, laid them on top of each other and called that The Wrath of Aliens score. And Ive played that sucker through about 6 times since then, and I absolutely dig it. I tried to upload it on BSS , but the file size was to big. Anyway, If you wanna check it out, do what i did. Click on the YouTube link. Start the Wrath score, and at the 3min20sec mark start the ALIENS score. You’ll find out what I’m talking about soon enough.
Back to The Magnificent Seven
Originally drafted by Nic Pizzolatto , and since rewritten by John Lee Hancock, The Magnificent Seven will star Ethan Hawke, Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio, Haley Bennett, Byung Hun Lee, Jason Momoa, Matt Bomer, Peter Sarsgaard and Billy Slaughter in a remake the 1960 film directed by John Sturges that itself was inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 classic Seven Samurai. Sturges’ version starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and Robert Vaughn as a group of disparate gunmen who come together to protect a Mexican village from bandits led by Eli Wallach. The new film is said to feature a victimized mining town, taken over by a gold baron (Sarsgaard), rather than the Mexican village of the original. Because you know…. PC bullshit.
I eagerly await to hear the score by Horner. Which I believe is his first Western score since I guess 1991s An American Tail: Fievel Goes West 😉 Yiha etc
“James was an incredible human being. He was a filmmaker through and through. He was one of the most gentle people I’ve ever met. Even the way he spoke was very soft and thoughtful. He was magical. He had this childlike wonderment in his eyes, but he was an amazing artist, an amazing poet. I loved him and we became friends.”-Antoine Fuqua on James Horner
The Magnificent Seven is slated for a January 13, 2017 release while Southpaw arrives in theaters this Friday, July 24.