Though his musical legacy won’t fade from memory, we still have a few unheard notes to hear from the late composer James Horner, in not only Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw but also (and even to the directors surprise), the remake of The Magnificent Seven.
Fuqua has revealed that he had a parting gift from Horner – who tragically died in a plane crash last month – in the form of a complete score for his upcoming western. Though Horner hadn’t seen any footage of the project that stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke, he went along and did it anyway to Fuqua’s surprise and joy.
Speaking to NPR, Fuqua said “I just found out a few days ago – his 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.’”
For those that don’t know the film is based on the John Sturges 1960’s film, that is also a western spin on Akira Kurosawa’s classic The Seven Samurai. The latest take will see seven gunmen join forces to protect a small mining village that is being threatened by a ruthless enemy. Joining Washington, Pratt and Hawke are Vincent D’Onofrio, Haley Bennett, Byung Hun Lee, Matt Bomer, Peter Sarsgaard and Billy Slaughter. The film is set to be released in January 13, 2017.
As for Southpaw that is marching into screens this week accompanied by an undoubtedly great effort from a talent who was taken much too soon. Rest in peace Mr. Horner, we’ll be hearing you again very soon.