AVATAR, HACKSAW RIDGE, 12TH MAN: AN UNWRITTEN FUTURE
It had been known for quite some time that he was going to compose the scores for the sequels to Avatar. As late as this past April, he talked about how he had started putting together ideas, and James Cameron also stated after Horner’s death that he would have started work on the score later this year.
However, there were also other films lining up for the magic brushstrokes of James Horner’s musical mind.
First was Mel Gibson’s new film. When James Horner came to Stavanger, Norway, in May to attend the Nordic premiere of Pas de Deux and to conduct some of his other music, he revealed he’d actually postponed a meeting with Gibson in order to attend the concert. Horner also spoke about this during his BAFTA Conversations interview with Tommy Pearson in April, where he expressed that he wanted to be by Gibson’s side for what is supposed to be his comeback film as a Hollywood director. The film, currently titled Hacksaw Ridge, stars Andrew Garfield as Corporal Demond Doss, a World War II army medic who refuses to kill and who later became the first conscientious objector to win the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Zwart and Horner first collaborated on The Karate Kid in 2010. They became close friends and Horner often visited the Zwart family, Harald Zwart tells in an interview with Norwegian state broadcaster NRK. It was at one of these visits that Zwart introduced Horner to Mari and Håkon Samuelsen. Zwart invited Horner for a house concert with the two soloists so they could meet. This of course was the start of both a fruitful collaboration and a close friendship with the two young soloists.
Harald Zwart, in the same article, is full of praise for his late friend:
"He was warm, compassionate, and always had time for people. It was a fantastic experience working with him. He was a genius in all his simplicity. He made it sound beautiful without using unnecessary effects."
"He had said yes to write the score for a Norwegian film I’m working on about Jan Baalsrud. He had read the script several times and was looking forward to starting on the project."