Composer Jóhann Jóhansson made the news this week when it was announced that he’ll be scoring the Blade Runner sequel, directed by long-time collaborator Denis Villeneuve.
We’ve an in-depth interview coming up soon with Jóhann about both his film scores and his solo work. Here’s a preview of what he had to say.
“It’s a much loved film, and a much-loved score. It’s something that has to be approached with a lot of care. I saw Blade Runner when it came out in 1982, at Austurbærbíó, when I was 13 or 14. I remember it vividly. It was the version with the narration and the happy ending. I loved it from the beginning. I was someone who’d delved deeply into Phillip K. Dick, so someone filming that novel was a huge deal for me. They managed to create something really new and original—that’s based on Dick’s work but creates it’s own world.”
“Vangelis has been a big influence on me. It’s not something I’d quote as an influence in my work over the last 20 years or so, but it’s certainly there as a very vivid early influence. It’s a world I feel very comfortable entering. It’s not a strange world to me. Everything in that film and everything connected to it has informed my life.”
“We’re aware that we’re handling a delicate, precious object, and care must be taken. It’s one of those dream projects—it’s a very exciting time.”