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the first feature film for director Marcel Langeneggar
Djawadi returns to score OPEN SEASON 2
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There's already talk of some sequels
to IRON MAN. How would you feel
about continuing to work in the
franchise and develop the music and
themes you've established?
RAMIN DJAWADI: I would love that! That's a couple a years away and a lot
can happen in that time, but if they wanted me, I'd love to do it. There's
lots of room to grow with the music that we have established. I do think
we have established something unique and so I'd love to develop it
CC: You just had another movie release on April 26, DECEPTION, which is on
the other side of the music spectrum as well. Were you working on that at
the same time as IRON MAN?
RAMIN DJAWADI: No. Actually I finished that last August or September. I
started IRON MAN sometime in October. Fortunately, these two projects
didn't overlap because IRON MAN really needed my full attention.
CC: Now on DECEPTION, you worked with first-time director Marcel
Langeneggar. How was that experience, in terms of working with a
first-time feature film director?
RAMIN DJAWADI: There was no real difference. He worked very similar to
John Favreau. He knew what he wanted and was super-professional. He came
from the commercial world, so I could tell that he had done this before
many times. He knew how to have a vision and carry it through to the end.
He had some very specific ideas that he wanted and was very involved with
the score. Sometimes I'd write with him right in the room. I'd take the
guitar and we'd sit down together. It was very relaxed but a lot fun. I
really enjoyed working with him.
CC: Is there a particular genre of film that brings more personal
satisfaction to you as a composer?
RAMIN DJAWADI: Not really. I like to switch it up after each project, if I
can. Once I do one type of movie, I like for my next project to be
completely different. Having done this big action movie, my next film is
this animated film. It's quite a change and I love that about film music
composing. You never know what is coming next. I love the variety.
CC: You have your ongoing work with PRISON BREAK. Have you already written
the music for all of Season 3?
RAMIN DJAWADI: Yes. That is all done. I have to admit that the Writer's
strike helped me out in a way. Right when IRON MAN kicked in the Writer's
strike put the breaks on PRISON BREAK. That allowed me to focus completely
on IRON MAN. So they cut season 3 short with only 13 episodes. We are
going to continue with the fourth season this Fall.
CC: What did PRISON BREAK do you for your career? Was it a turning point?
RAMIN DJAWADI: I'd have to say, "Yes." I was surprised because my focus
was always on features. When I heard about the show, I thought it was
great and so I decided to do it. That turned out to be a wise decision
because it became such a hit and went international. Then there was the
Emmy nomination. I felt really lucky to have been a part of this project.
I never expected that a TV show could put me on the map.
CC: Would you say these last 12 months have been the busiest of your
RAMIN DJAWADI: Possibly. To be honest, I can't remember the last time I
wasn't working. I have just gone from one project to the next with a
little bit of overlap. I haven't taken a vacation in...forever. It's a
little addicting. When I first came to Remote Control, I saw how Hans
(Zimmer) just kept working and working and working. That sort of sucks you
into this thought that you just need to keep working. There is just an
urge to conquer yet another project. It has been very busy, but I'm very
happy about that.
CC: Now you're moving into OPEN SEASON 2.
RAMIN DJAWADI: Yes. I'm just starting on that now. The animation is no
where near being done. We have met and spotted the movie. Now I'm just
starting to get my head around this new score and getting IRON MAN out of
CC: So what can we expect in OPEN SEASON 2?
RAMIN DJAWADI: It's all the same characters again, so all the same themes
will be there. There are a couple of new characters, so I only have a
couple of new themes to write. The material is established so it is going
to be very similar to the first OPEN SEASON. There will be orchestra and
lots of solo instruments like banjo, accordion, mandolin and harmonica.
CC: What other projects do you have coming up?
RAMIN DJAWADI: I'm going to do the next nWave movie - the people who did
FLY ME TO THE MOON. I just spoke with David Goya and so I'm going to be
working on his next movie, which is called THE UNBORN. This will be next
after OPEN SEASON 2.
CC: Thanks so much for your time today and all the best with IRON MAN and
your other upcoming projects.
RAMIN DJAWADI: Thank you very much.
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